INGLÉS PARA NEGOCIAR: "TO START THE BALL ROLLING"
This is a type of idiom that you might use at the beginning of a negotiation or even a meeting. To be honest, it does not really mean anything other than "I am going to start with..." but it sounds a little more elegant.
For example: "I am going to start the ball rolling by talking about the problems that we are having with the air-conditioning in the office".
Once again, it is important to remember that it is understanding from the context that it the most important skill.
Hope that helps!
Soy el director de Daniel Smith + Partners. Tengo más de 15 años de experiencia enseñando inglés a españoles.