Online Business Meetings

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 28, 2020 and last updated on July 19, 2023

The topic of online business meetings holds significant value for English learners as it provides a practical context to enhance their language skills and professional communication abilities. Engaging in virtual meetings allows learners to familiarise themselves with common business vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and effective presentation techniques.

By actively participating in online business meetings, English learners can gain confidence, refine their listening and speaking skills and acquire valuable real-world experience in professional settings.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Online Business Meetings Review

Online business meetings have become an integral part of the modern corporate landscape, revolutionising the way professionals collaborate and communicate. With the rise of advanced digital platforms and video conferencing tools, geographical barriers are no longer a hindrance to effective meetings.

Online business meetings offer numerous advantages, including cost savings, increased flexibility and improved productivity. However, they also present unique challenges, such as technological glitches and potential distractions. Understanding the intricacies of online meetings is essential for thriving in the ever-evolving realm of virtual business interactions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • meeting (noun)
  • online (adjective)
  • greatly (adverb)
  • hold (verb)
  • virtually (adverb)
  • allow (verb)
  • productivity (noun)
  • interact (verb)
  • remotely (adverb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some advantages of conducting business meetings online compared to in-person meetings?
  • Have you ever participated in an online business meeting? What was your experience like?
  • How do you prepare for an online business meeting? Are there any specific challenges you face?
  • What are some effective strategies for engaging and maintaining active participation in online business meetings?
  • What technological tools or platforms do you find most useful for conducting successful online business meetings?
  • Should companies prioritize online business meetings over in-person meetings?
  • How can cultural differences impact online business meetings? Can you give any examples?
  • What are some potential drawbacks or challenges of relying heavily on online business meetings?
  • Should companies prioritise online business meetings over in-person meetings?
  • Should online business meetings be conducted in a formal or informal manner?
  • Should businesses aim to completely replace in-person meetings with online meetings in the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.