T-learning # Meeting

Shake Up Business with Effective Meetings

How do you politely request the floor during a meeting?

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Choose the correct answer a, b, c or d.

a) ‘Hold on a second !’

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b) ’Excuse me, can I please contribute to the discussion ?’

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This phrase directly expresses your desire to speak while maintaining courtesy. It frames your request within the context of the discussion.

Everyday use at work

> "Excuse me, can I please contribute to the discussion ? I have another approach we might consider."

> "Excuse me, can I please contribute to the discussion ? I have a question regarding the implementation process."

> “While I understand the current approach has merit, can I please contribute to the discussion by suggesting an alternative that might address the recent concerns raised ?"

=> Further synonymous phrases

Excuse me, could I add something ?
May I jump in here ?
May I interject ?
I’d like to add to the conversation, if I may.
If it’s alright, I have a point to contribute.

=> TIP

Remember to be respectful of the speaker and the flow of conversation. Keep your contributions concise and relevant to the topic at hand.

Confidence is key
Even if you’re nervous, project confidence in your voice and body language. Stand tall, make eye contact, and speak clearly.

Be concise
Get straight to the point. Briefly state your intention to speak and then jump in with your contribution.

Read the room
Pay attention to the speaker’s tone and body language. If they seem passionate or haven’t finished their thought, wait for a natural pause before interjecting.

Respect others
Avoid interrupting someone mid-sentence or talking over them. Let them finish their point before making yours.

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c) ‘I’m not done talking yet !’

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d) ’I want to ask something right now.’

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