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Meeting Expressions

DMIC Technique for leading discussions


Make the objective/purpose/goal/issue clear to all participants

  • Now, we need to talk about …
  • Let me give you some background information.
  • There are three things we need to cover today.

M: Manage

Elicit input(facts, options, research, and other information) from the other participants

  • Would you like to start us off?
  • What’s your opinion on this?
  • would you like to share your thoughts on this question?
  • Could you add anything to our ideas here?
  • Could you expand on that?
  • We haven’t heard from you yet.

I: Input

Compare and contrast the inputs given.Offer your own input.

  • I’d like to comment on xxx’s point.
  • I really like the idea that xxx presented.
  • Here’s what I think about the issue.
  • Let’s not get too far off-topic here.
  • We can discuss that at the end if you feel it’s important.
  • I think we should shelve that until next time
  • Good point, but let’s table it until next meeting.

C: Conclude

Get consensus(when needed), summarize the main points, elicit any final comments before wrapping up the discussion

  • Let’s sum up what has been decided.
  • Have we covered everything?
  • So, do we all agree then?
  • Before we close, let me just summarize the main point…
  • To sum up…
  • In brief…
  • Shall I go over the main points?
  • Right, that’s all for today’s meeting.
  • Are there any questions before we finish?

To sum up, we discussed using the new internet marketing strategies and cutting the budget by $100 next month. We also talked about our new sales goals and increasing our traffic. Finally, we welcome lily to our team.

The chairperson should ensure that all points on the agenda are fully covered

This can be done by assigning different discussion leaders for each point.

DMIC is simple and effective technique for leading individual discussion points.

PREP Technique for giving opinions

Example question: Do you prefer morning or afternoon meetings?

P: Point: Give the main point first clearly and concisely.

I prefer morning meetings

R: Reason(s): State the primary reason right after the main point

This is because I am more alert and productive in the morning.

E: Example: Give an example to clarify and support your reason.

For example, before lunch I am hungry and can’t concentrate, and after lunch I am sleepy and can’t concentrate.

P: PointL Restate the point again, or introduce a new releated point

So, I am much more productive in the morning, and can make a better contribution to meetings then.

QACR Communication Flow

Q: Question: What do you think about..?

A: Answer: I think your idea is correct/right.

C: Confirm: Do you agree with me?

R: Reply: Yes I do. / I’m sorry. I’m afraid I don’t.


S: The situation was ,

E: Let me give you some background information.

A: What he did was

R: Result: As a result,

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