Consulting 2.4 Setting up a meeting: Review

In this lesson, you will take a look back at the previous three lessons. You will review casual and polite invitations, as well as responding positively and negatively. 

Warm Up: 

With your teacher's help, recall some key phrases to: 

  1. make a casual invitation
  2. make a formal invitation
  3. accept an invitation 
  4. decline an invitation 
Practice: 

1. Look at your schedule and think of a meeting that can be set up. Then, follow the structure below. 

Person A—States the purpose of the next meeting.
Person B—Responds positively.
Person A—Suggests a date and time.
Person B—Politely declines with a reason, and suggests an alternative time. 
Person A —Responds tentatively, offering a couple of times.
Person B —Selects a time. 
Person A —Confirms and says a friendly good-bye. 
Person B —Says a friendly good-bye.

2. Examine the following situations. What would you do?

Situation 1: Your colleague has invited you out after work, but you might have to work late. Use details from your experience, explain the situation, and accept on the condition that you don't have to work late.

Situation 2: You are waiting on some sales reports from the client. Your team leader wants to set up a short meeting to go over the findings from the analysis based on the reports. 

Situation 3: Your principal wants to have a very late meeting tonight. However, your work has been going well and you are planning to finish before dinnertime.  

Situation 4: Your client company's COO is really friendly and loves golf. He's just sent you this email: 

Hello [name], a spot just opened up in our golf game this Sunday. The tee-off is at 6:30 AM, not far from the city. Would you care to join us? Let me know ASAP. 

However, you have plans to work on the project on Sunday to prepare for a Monday presentation. Your project leader is expecting you at work. What would you do?