Meetings: a formal aspect
ѕолилог в деловом общении
Meeting as business interaction
–ечевые функции участников делового совещани€
Family Business: если времени мало, а надо принимать участие в совещании
Simon Winetroube about business meetings
“е, кто когда-нибудь сталкивались с необходимостью обучени€ навыку участи€ в деловом совещании, знают, что такое хороший обучающий текст. Ёто - редкость. ѕредставьте себе не просто хороший текст, но еще и написанный с юмором, на безупречном €зыке, покрывающий практически все этапы и речевые функции председател€ и участников, озвученный не просто носител€ми €зыка, но и блест€щими актерами. я пойму людей, у которых загорелись глаза.
¬место четырех глав достопочтимого и любимого мной Simon Sweeney, вместо хаотических речевых формул David Cotton или Graham Tullis всего лишь один текст, разбор которого вместе со студентами доставит вам и им неподдельное удовольствие, даже если вы не будете использовать видеозапись. ƒа и видеозапись можно сделать с помощью тех же студентов. ѕоверьте, это гораздо веселее!
(adapted from "Creating Opportunities" Oxford University Press)
Granddad (walking around a collection of ancient clocks): It is the first clock my father made. She is very old and she still keeps perfect time. I love good time-keeper. Look at that wood...
Michael: ItТs seven oТclock, Granddad.
Granddad: Yes, I know it is.
Jane: We start at seven.
Granddad: Oh, OK.
Dad: What does it mean we start at seven? If I want to talk with my family IТll do it whenever I like.
Michael: We have an agreement, Dad. I think we should observe...
Dad: Did I ask for your opinion?
Mum: Can we bring the meeting to order, please?
Dad: Sorry, love. (After a pause) Sorry, madam Chairperson.
Mum: Right then. LetТs begin. Michael, you have the apologies.
Michael: Yes. Martin Harris is sorry, he wasnТt able to attend, heТs in Manchester opening a new factory, and Charlotte Harris is in her room doing her homework.
Mum: Thank you. And can we read the minutes of the last meeting?
Michael: Certainly. Everybody agreed that a formal meeting is a good way to deal with family business. It was decided that weТd meet once a month. Jane volunteered to cook Christmas lunch and Granddad will draw up a list of TV programs weТll watch on Christmas Day.
Mum: Has action been taken on that?
Granddad: Yes, but IТm afraid there is nothing good on TV. Not nowЕ The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Ц that was good.
Mum: Could we discuss that at another time?
Mum: Are there any other matters arising from the previous meeting?
Dad: Yes. How about price limit on Christmas presents?
Jane: I second that. ItТs terrible when you buy cheap presents when you are given expensive ones. Not that I do of course.
Mum: 20 pounds?15? 10?
Dad: That seems reasonable.
Jane and Michael exchange dissatisfied glances.
Mum: Ten it is. LetТs move on. The purpose of todayТs meeting is to discuss JaneТs wedding. IТd like to finish by eight as thereТs chicken in the oven. Item one on the agenda is the budget. Dad, this is your department.
Granddad: I want to give her a good start in her married life, so I propose 5 000.
Dad: ThatТs very generous.
Mum: LetТs go to item two, the date. Michael, I believe you looked into this.
Michael: Yes, I have. I donТt think we should settle fixed deadlines, thereТs a lot going on in the next few months. JaneТs starting her new job in January, and I am moving house in March. In my opinion, itТs not feasible till August of next year.
Dad: August? SheТll be an old woman till AugustЕ
Mum: LetТs please lower the temperature. Jack, do you have a suggestion regarding the date?
Dad: Could we go for an earlier date? How about May?
Mum: Michael, you have the diary.
Michael: Saturday, 15th of May?
Mum: Does that meet with everyoneТs approval? Good. Moving along, item three. The church. Jane?
Jane: IТd like to suggest St.LukeТs. you and dad were married there. And Michael and I were christened there.
Mum: Any reaction to that?
Granddad: I donТt know whether it is relevant, but I intend to be buried there. So, we are giving them a lot of business.
Dad: In that case may I suggest we ask the vicar for a discount?
Mum: ThatТs an excellent idea! Finance department?
Granddad: IТll look into it and get back to you.
Mum: Good. LetТs turn to item four. We need to decide where to hold the reception. Ideas, please.
Michael: I like the idea of a boat reception, sailing down the river Thames. ItТs so English.
Dad: ItТll be very English sailing in May. WeТll be freezing.
Mum: IТd rather had a Shiny Hall. ItТs big enough to hold 300 guests.
Granddad: Yes. ItТs a public place, made for speeches and dancing, 300 guests, an orchestra.
Dad: Young ones do not want an orchestra, they want a rock band.
Michael: Young ones will have to put up with it.
Mum: IТd like to bring Jane in here. How do you feel about it?
Jane: IТd prefer my flat.
Michael: Your flat? Wedding is a public occasion, and the place should be public.
Jane: Why? I want to be in my own place with people I like.
Michael: ThatТs not in the least realistic. We canТt invite 300 guests into your flat.
Jane: I donТt want 300 people. I think we could have just 100.
Michael: But wedding is always 300 people. ItТs traditional.
Granddad: I agree. Wedding is meant to be big, Jane.
Jane: Your grandfather thought clocks were meant to be big. Look at them now.
Dad: Can I raise a point here?
Mum: Go ahead.
Dad: Can we justify spending 5 000 pounds on a party of 100 people?
Mum: What do you think, Jane?
Jane: I take your point.
Mum: What about spending half of the budget on the reception and putting the other towards a bigger place for Jane? She will need a bigger place, with a husband, who knows, a baby. WhatТs the feeling of the meeting?
Granddad: Good idea. That might be the answer.
Mum: Excellent! We have the consensus. Shall we move on? We come now to the question of caterers.
(after a few minutes of discussion)
Is there any other business? No? Then weТll draw the meeting to a close.
Dad: Hold on. There is something else. WeТve talked about the sandwiches, the Limousine, where weТll put our coats, but we havenТt discussed one thing that really matters.
Mum: Oh, forgive me. I meant to say that the next meeting will be here on the first of December. And at that weТll Еchoose the husband.
(Dad winks at Jane)
Come and help me with the chicken.