Phrases For Group Discussions in English

Posted On: August 24, 2013

“How do I complete a conversation from the beginning through to the end?”  

US Client facing teams in group discussions

Many in the training programs I conduct ask this with humbleness and earnestness. The answer to this question helps those to initiate, create, sustain and end conversations with the right etiquette. The phrases in the below document answers most of these questions:  

Phrases to use in a Group Discussion
  • What phrases can I use to start a discussion? 
  • What phrases can I use to continue a discussion? 
  • What phrases can I use to disagree in a polite way? 
  • What phrases can I use to agree? 
  • What phrases can I use to clear my doubts? 
  • How do I summarize other’s points and present my stand?  
  • What phrases can I use to include others into the discussion? 
  • Are there phrases I can use to politely interrupt others? 
  • How do I conclude a discussion? 

The phrases in this second PDF below will help you learn how to increase your confidence in creating conversations with US clients in meetings where there are group discussions around these topics: 

  • asking for/giving opinions and explanations
  • how to agree
  • how to politely disagree
  • making and reacting to complaints


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Jennifer Kumar conducts seminars in India helping Indians draft, conduct and role play group discussions for work-related US client calls and communication meetings. In addition to deploying the training, and debriefing on the role play, she offers suggestions for improvement with a second deploy to assure trainees have understood the theories and practices. Contact her for more information by clicking here.

For more information on group discussions, see these links: 
Analyzing Group Discussions   
What is a Group Discussion (GD)?  

Related posts that provide tips for Group Discussions when part of corporate meetings: 
Phrases to use to end a meeting (video)  
How to switch from small talk to business talk in group situations and networking events 
Everyone Gets Heard During Stand-Up and Remote Meetings

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