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  P  H  O   T   O   C   O     P      I     A      B         L        E lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM   A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO Bad meetings Lesson code: MXE2-JDFB-FUSR-M ADVANCED 1 Warm-up How often do you attend meetings in your work? Are they always productive? 2 Idiomatic expressions What do you think the underlined phrases and idioms mean? In pairs, match them to their correctmeaning below: 1. I'm not going to stand for his behaviour anymore. I need to fire him.2. After his manager refused to pay him his bonus, Joe decided to make a stink.3. The meeting we attended was a total train wreck. Every second was a disaster.4. The solution to this problem is right at your fingertips. You just need to look at it again.5. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's meeting. I can't wait to get it done with.a. a chaotic or disastrous situationb. easily obtainedc. finish completely so that you can continue doing other thingsd. take strong and forceful action to show that you are not satisfied with a situatione. tolerate 3 Before you watch You are going to watch David Grady talk about how bad, inefficient and overcrowded meetingsnegatively affect businesses and employees. What do you think he is going to say? You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex  1/3 Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory. c  Linguahouse.com  P  H  O   T   O   C   O     P      I     A      B         L        E Bad meetings lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO Bad meetings lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM   A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO 4 What do you remember? Answer the questions below in your own words. 1. According to David, what are meeting organisers stealing from us?2. What is Mindless Accept Syndrome (MAS)?3. What is the key to success in an organisation?4. What has dramatically changed the way we work?5. What did David do that proved we have a global problem with meetings?6. What is the common theme in the comments that were posted online under his video?7. How does he propose to stop mindlessly accepting meeting invitations? 5 Words in the video Look at the transcript of the talk. Find a word or phrase which means ... 1. a small partitioned area of an office containing a desk   (noun, P1) 2. a disease that spreads rapidly and widely among the population in an area  (noun, P3) 3. spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people  (adjective, P4) 4. omit  (verb, P5) 5. not certain  (adjective, P7) 6 Phrasal verbs Read the transcript of the talk and complete the definitions below with the infinitive forms of theunderlined phrasal verbs. 1. : to perform something as if you are in a play or film2. : to continue3. : to start doing something suddenly and energetically, often without stopping to think 4. : to suddenly appear 5. : to be published online6. : to distribute (something)7. : to be present in every part of something8. : to become familiar with somewhere new Now give your own example sentence for each phrasal verb. You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex  2/3 Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory. c  Linguahouse.com  P  H  O   T   O   C   O     P      I     A      B         L        E Bad meetings lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO Bad meetings lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM   A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO 7 Collocations Match the adjectives and nouns to form collocations from the talk. 1. an unproductive a. belief2. a global b. decision3. an involuntary c. epidemic4. a fundamental d. meeting5. a thoughtful e. reflex  Now make a sentence about the topic of the talk for each phrase. 8 Talking point Discuss any of the questions below. 1. What do you think of David's talk? Do you share his opinions?2. Do you think his proposal would work in your company?3. What kind of issues should/shouldn't be discussed at meetings? You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex  3/3 Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory. c  Linguahouse.com  P  H  O   T   O   C   O     P      I     A      B         L        E Bad meetings -  Transcripts lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO Bad meetings -  Transcripts lingua house Innovation in Learning  TM   A A A A BUSINESS ENGLISH IN VIDEO 3 -  Before you watch 0:42  Picture this: It's Monday morning, you're at the office, you're settling in for the day at work, and thisguy that you sort of recognize from down the hall, walks right into your cubicle and he steals your chair. Doesn't say a word just rolls away with it. Doesn't give you any information about why he took your chair out of all the other chairs that are out there. Doesn't acknowledge the fact that youmight need your chair to get some work done today. You wouldn't stand for it. You'd make a stink. You'd follow that guy back to his cubicle and you'd say, Why my chair? 1:19  Okay, so now it's Tuesday morning and you're at the office, and a meeting invitation pops up inyour calendar. (Laughter) And it's from this woman who you kind of know from down the hall, and the subject line references some project that you heard a little bit about. But there's no agenda.There's no information about why you were invited to the meeting. And yet you accept the meetinginvitation, and you go. And when this highly unproductive session is over, you go back to your desk, and you stand at your desk and you say, Boy, I wish I had those two hours back, like I wish Ihad my chair back. (Laughter) 2:01  Every day, we allow our coworkers, who are otherwise very, very nice people, to steal from us. AndI'm talking about something far more valuable than office furniture. I'm talking about time. Your  time. In fact, I believe that we are in the middle of a global epidemic of a terrible new illness knownas MAS: Mindless Accept Syndrome. (Laughter) The primary symptom of Mindless AcceptSyndrome is just accepting a meeting invitation the minute it pops up in your calendar. (Laughter)It's an involuntary reflex -- ding, click, bing -- it's in your calendar, Gotta go, I'm already late for ameeting. (Laughter) 2:32  Meetings are important, right? And collaboration is key to the success of any enterprise. And awell-run meeting can yield really positive, actionable results. But between globalization andpervasive information technology, the way that we work has really changed dramatically over thelast few years. And we're miserable. (Laughter) And we're miserable not because the other guycan't run a good meeting, it's because of MAS, our Mindless Accept Syndrome, which is aself-inflicted wound. 3:52  Actually, I have evidence to prove that MAS is a global epidemic. Let me tell you why. A couple ofyears ago, I put a video on Youtube, and in the video, I acted out every terrible conference callyou've ever been on. It goes on for about five minutes, and it has all the things that we hate aboutreally bad meetings. There's the moderator who has no idea how to run the meeting. There are theparticipants who have no idea why they're there. The whole thing kind of collapses into thiscollaborative train wreck. And everybody leaves very angry. It's kind of funny. (Laughter) Let's takea quick look. (Video) Our goal today is to come to an agreement on a very important proposal. As agroup, we need to decide if -- bloop bloop -- Hi, who just joined? Hi, it's Joe. I'm working fromhome today. (Laughter) Hi, Joe. Thanks for joining us today, great. I was just saying, we have a lotof people on the call we'd like to get through, so let's skip the roll call and I'm gonna dive right in.Our goal today is to come to an agreement on a very important proposal. As a group, we need todecide if -- bloop bloop (Laughter) -- Hi, who just joined? No? I thought I heard a beep. (Laughter) 5:01  Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds familiar to me, too. A couple of weeks after I put that online,500,000 people in dozens of countries, I mean dozens of countries, watched this video. And threeyears later, it's still getting thousands of views every month. It's close to about a million right now.And in fact, some of the biggest companies in the world, companies that you've heard of but I won'tname, have asked for my permission to use this video in their new-hire training to teach their newemployees how not to run a meeting at their company. And if the numbers -- there are a millionviews and it's being used by all these companies -- aren't enough proof that we have a globalproblem with meetings, there are the many, many thousands of comments posted online after thevideo went up. Thousands of people wrote things like, OMG, that was my day today! That wasmy day every day! This is my life. One guy wrote, It's funny because it's true. Eerily, sadly,depressingly true. It made me laugh until I cried. And cried. And I cried some more. (Laughter) Thispoor guy said, My daily life until retirement or death, sigh. These are real quotes and it's real sad. You can review this worksheet online at www.linguahouse.com/ex  i Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory. c  Linguahouse.com
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