I'm drafting meeting notes from a steering committee that is attended by several c-more level executives. What’s a better way to say “lots of discussion”
The noun deliberation comes from the Latin word deliberare, meaning “weigh,” or “consider well.”
Whenever a person or group needs to work through all of the possible solutions to a problem, this is deliberation.
- A mistrial was declared after 18 days of deliberations.
(Washington Times,Jun 1, 2015).
- He told reporters he couldn’t comment as he left the courtroom after a 13-hour day of testimony and jury deliberations.
(Time,May 30, 2015).
You might try extensive discussion or, if the discussion was extensive beyond reasonable limits, exhaustive discussion.
I'd replace the more informal "lots of" by wide/considerable/in-depth/intense discussion.
If it got a little heated you could go for:
"A full and frank exchange of ideas and concepts"
It depends on the context.
After much discussion ...
Maureen, am I right that you are referring to CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and the like when you say c-more level executives? At my organization we call those folks C-level. And I'm also guessing that you want to keep your meeting notes as professional and dispassionate as possible, and just stick to objective and accurate language.
If the discussion was productive and marked by participants' interest, excitement and energy, you might use the term healthy discussion.
If the discussion went long because of disagreements or confusing information that required clarification, you might say debate and discussion.
If the discussion was unfocused and not productive, you might want to tactfully leave it at lengthy discussion, or perhaps the overly flattering brainstorming, and not qualify too much.
You can use "discourse."
Discourse(noun): A formal discussion of a topic in speech or writing.
All listened devoutly to a discourse delivered with an emphatic slowness and penetrating beneath the letter of the Law to the spiritual truth that lay hidden within.