Welcome and Introductions
If you are the organiser of the meeting or the chairperson, you may start the meeting by saying
So, if everyone is here, shall we start?
Well, since everyone is here, we should get started.
Hello, everyone. Thank you for coming today.
I think we’ll begin now. First I’d like to welcome you all.
Thank you all for coming at such short notice.
I really appreciate you all for attending today.
We have a lot to cover today, so we really should begin.
Shall we get the ball rolling?
Tip: To “get the ball rolling” means to get the meeting or discussion started.
You should also introduce yourself and ask anyone who’s new to briefly introduce themselves too. State your name and the reason you are participating.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Simon Anderson, CEO of Creative Designs and I’m happy to be here to…
Hi, I’m Suzanne, leader for this work stream and I’m looking forward to working together with all of you.
Before we start, I’d like to take a moment to introduce our new technical expert, Robert Crawley .
I know most of you, but there are a few unfamiliar faces, so could we briefly introduce ourselves?
Let’s introduce ourselves quickly – please state your name, job title and why you are here.
Before we start, let’s go around the table to introduce ourselves.
Tip: a “go around the table” means that each person introduces themselves, it doesn’t mean that you have to get up and walk around the table!
If anyone is missing you can say
If you notice anyone missing, please let me know.
Unfortunately, Susan cannot join us today. She has been called away on business.
John will be standing in to take the minutes today, as Harry is sick.