Most Common Idioms used in Meetings

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

Have you ever been in a business meeting, either face to face or online, and heard a bunch of phrases that mean nothing to you?

Do you spend time trying to make sense of phrases that you have never heard before?

Worry no more - I have listed the top six business idioms, that you will regularly hear in any meeting or boardroom. By learning these, you will be free to participate actively in the meeting and not waste time or mental space trying to figure out what’ s going on.


6. Get up to speed

to make yourself familiar with up to date information.

Example sentence: Why don’t you get up to speed and then join the meeting?


5. Get the ball rolling

to get started

Example sentence: We now have all the information, so lets get the ball rolling.


4. Think outside the box

come up with a different idea or way of thinking.

Example sentence: We need to come up with a new design, so lets think outside the box.


3. Miss the mark

fail to achieve an intended goal

Example sentence: The presentation was ineffective and really missed the mark.


2. Hit the nail on the head

to get the answer exactly right.

Example sentence: That’s exactly what I was thinking – you hit the nail right on the head.


1.Back to the drawing board

to start again after a plan or idea was not successful

Example sentence: The first draft was rejected, so I guess it’s back to the drawing board.


Download a handy summary of these top 6 business idioms here. Ensure that you review them regularly and this will help you retain the information and give you the confidence to use them correctly!




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