A: Margaret, I'd like to follow up with the arrangements for our company retreat, to take place next month. We need to book the venue, make arrangements for speakers and door prizes, and set up all the activities and accommodations. Also, very important, we need to determine which of our staff will be eligible and will be available to go. We've got to get a head count in order to make reservations.
B: what's the criteria for staff to attend? Are we only including our management team in this affair? Or will we be extending invitations to lower level employees to attend?
A: lower level employees need not attend. The purpose of this retreat is for training, especially for our management team. We want to develop a well-oiled machine on our executive level. In order to get everyone to jell together, we've got to include some fun. That's the reason for the retreat.
Book: to arrange with a hotel, restaurant, theatre, etc. to have a room, table, seat, etc. on a particular date (向旅馆、饭店、戏院等)预约,预订
Book early to avoid disappointment.
I'd like to book a table for two for 8 o'clock tonight.
我想订一张今晚 8 点钟的二人餐桌。
The performance is booked up (= there are no more tickets available).
I'm sorry─we're fully booked.
Venue: a place where people meet for an organized event, for example a concert, sporting event or conference 聚会地点(如音乐厅、体育比赛场馆、会场)
The band will be playing at twenty different venues on their UK tour.
Please note the change of venue for this event.
Accommodation: somewhere to live or stay, often also providing food or other services 住宿;膳宿
More and more travelers are looking for bed and breakfast accommodations in private homes.
Eligible: a person who is eligible for something or to do something, is able to have or do it because they have the right qualifications, are the right age, etc. 有资格的;合格的;具备条件的
Only those over 70 are eligible for the special payment.
只有 70 岁以上的人才有资格领取这项专款。
When are you eligible to vote in your country?
Criterion: a standard or principle by which something is judged, or with the help of which a decision is made (评判或作决定的)标准,准则,原则 noun
The main criterion is value for money.
What criteria are used for assessing a student's ability?
He failed to follow up my suggestion. 他没有照着我的建议做下去。
The salesmen usually follow up a letter with a visit. 推销员往往在写了信之后又上门拜访。
Take place: to happen, especially after previously being arranged or planned (尤指根据安排或计划)发生,进行
The film festival takes place in October.
We may never discover what took place that night.
Get a head count:数人数
A well-oiled machine:上了润滑油的机器;运转良好的机构