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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing meetings matters.

Listen to against - in opposition to, contrary to
Listen to agenda - a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
Listen to amendment - a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document
Listen to announcement - a public statement about something that is happening or going to happen
Listen to annual general meeting or AGM - a meeting of public company, society, etc. held once a year when financial and other reports are presented, and official elections are held, etc.
Listen to AOB or Any Other Business - used at the end of the list of subjects to be discussed at a meeting or conference
Listen to apologies - item on agenda announcing people who are absent; apologies for absence
Listen to approval - acceptance as satisfactory, a message expressing a favourable opinion
Listen to be in charge of a meeting - to conduct a meeting, chair a meeting
Listen to board meeting - a meeting for administrative purposes
Listen to boardroom - a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
Listen to brief - give essential information, to give instructions or preparatory information
Listen to call a meeting - to summon a meeting
Listen to chairman - the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization
Listen to clarify - make clear and (more) comprehensible
Listen to comment on - explain or interpret something
Listen to contribution - any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavour
Listen to controversial - something that is disputable or questionable
Listen to greet - express greetings upon meeting someone
Listen to implement - bring to a successful issue
Listen to in favour of - not against
Listen to item on the agenda - agenda item
Listen to majority - more than half of the votes
Listen to meeting - a formally arranged gathering
Listen to minutes - a written account of what transpired at a meeting
Listen to postpone - hold back to a later time, put off
Listen to preliminary meeting - a discussion that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
Listen to procedure - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
Listen to proxy - a person authorized to act for another
Listen to proxy vote - a vote cast by one person for or in place of another
Listen to raise a question - express or ask a question
Listen to recommendation - something that is expressed as advisable
Listen to reject - refuse to accept, turn down, decline
Listen to show of hands - an informal vote made by participants holding up one hand each to indicate a choice
Listen to suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
Listen to sum up - summarise
Listen to take minutes - keep a written account of what transpired at the meeting
Listen to unanimous - in complete agreement
Listen to vote - express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution
Listen to voting right - the right to vote; especially the right of a common shareholder to vote in person or by proxy on the affairs of a company

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to The next meeting is scheduled for September 6-8, 2007 in Boston.
Listen to The AGM is your opportunity to learn about achievements during the past year, meet the Board and our CEO.
Listen to If you are in charge of a meeting, plan the meeting itself and how you will run it.
Listen to Thank you for your contribution to our good work.
Listen to Election was carried out by a show of hands.
Listen to You must specify a reason for requiring a proxy vote.
Listen to If a member of the public wishes to raise a question at the general council meeting, it must be in writing and delivered to the Chief Executive Officer prior to 3.30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Listen to Danny shareholders voted today in favour of the joint venture.
Listen to Every meeting needs someone to take minutes.
Listen to The only item under any other business was the retirement of Dr Jeremy Ward.
Listen to The following statement should help clarify the issue.


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