Meetings|Pre-Int|4. Asking questions

Read the definition of confident and decide if the people are confident or not


Someone who is confident believes in their own abilities and does not feel nervous or frightened.

Read the text. Then choose the best answers to complete the ideas

Questions for thinking

How to ask questions

✓ To ask or not to ask

Imagine, that you are listening and taking notes at the meeting, when suddenly you hear a sentence you don’t really understand. You feel lost but the presenter won’t stop. You want to ask about it and not look stupid at the same time? Let’s see how it can be helped:

✓ Ask one question at a time

To get more complete answers, craft short questions, each of which covers a single point. If you really want to know two different things, ask two different questions.

✓ Use an open question

If you want to get more information, it is better to use open-ended questions which will invite the respondent to talk. «What do you like best about this company?» instead of «Do you like this company?»

✓ Don’t use weak words and phrases

Forming a question, don’t say «sorry, a silly question here» or «just a quick question». If you use these words, people may lose confidence in you as a professional.

Choose the best explanation for the phrases in bold from the text

Woman, ashamed, girl

Complete the dialogue with the words below


Match the words with their definitions


Complete the sentences with the words and phrases

Watch the video and choose the correct option

Ed Speaker

Ed: I don’t understand anything. Most probably because he keeps using that word — is it «insight» or maybe «inside»? I do hope that someone will ask him about it. If only I had the guts to signal that I don’t get what he means…»
Speaker: We don’t usually talk about today, so focus on this one, okay? This one is what we need to focus on, and this is what I mean primary subject of our lecture is. Erm, the other thing is that we don’t, it doesn’t go here, so most of those things, most of those things, that come here, they move over there. I don’t know what I’m talking about, so. But that’s still okay. So, all those things they kind of like come from here. E-ed. Ed.
Ed: Erm, sorry, I drifted off for a second there.
Speaker: Do you agree that it’s a good idea to use that particular target audience?
Ed: Can you please clarify for us — do you say the word «inside?» or «insight?». ‘Cause I don’t … I don’t understand.
Speaker: Oh dear! He’s asking about the word that I don’t really understand myself.

Watch the video again and mark the sentences as True or False

Complete the dialogue


Listen to the audio and answer the questions

Ed Lydia Jordan

Ed: The client wants to change the marketing strate…
Jordan: Yes, yes. Like I said. Lydia! Do you have any ideas? What do you think we should do about the product marketing strategy?
Ed: They got me all wrong. Should I say something? The client’s gonna be furious. Should I say something? Should I? They got me all wrong. They got me all wrong. They got me all wrong. They got me all wrong. They got me all wrong. They got me all wrooong.
Sorry, I haven’t finished what I was saying so if you let me explain, the client’s wishes…
Jordan: No, no Ed. I think we’ve got the gist. So, Lydia, what was I saying?
Lydia: I think we should hear what Ed has to say.
Ed: Yes, thanks. You’ve got me all wrong. ‘Cause actually what the client wants is the opposite. So we need to start really thinking hard about what they actually want and we need to adapt to their changing PR campaign. And I’m saying complete rubbish because I don’t know what that even means and if that corresponds to what I say.
Jordan: Why meee?

Listen to the audio one more time and choose the reason for every action

Rearrange the words to complete the mini-dialogues



  • Being confident
  • Know how to ask
  • If you feel lost
  • That’s a good question
  • New words
  • What do you mean?
  • If I get this right
  • Sorry for interrupting
  • What else?
  • Sorry for interrupting
  • What else?
  1. 1. Meetings|Pre-Int|1. Introduction to meetings
  2. 2. Meetings|Pre-Int|2. How to arrange a meeting
  3. 3. Meetings|Pre-Int|3. Surviving small talk
  4. 4. Meetings|Pre-Int|4. Asking questions
  5. 5. Meetings|Pre-Int|5. Videoconferencing
  6. 6. Meetings|Pre-Int|6. Dealing with negative feedback
  7. 7. Meetings|Pre-Int|7. Duties and responsibilities
  8. 8. Meetings|Pre-Int|8. Closing a meeting