Business English – Lesson 1 – Meeting People

Welcome! This is a business English lesson on meeting people.  So let’s get in to it. Let’s get started. Are you ready? I hope so!


In this section topics covered are related to the first time you meet someone. This could be a visitor to your company, a visit to a company, or a business conference or seminar.

The most important factor when meeting someone for the first time is remembering their names. There is an effective trick on how to successfully recall a person’s name right from the beginning, avoiding the embarrassing situation of asking them to repeat their name. Later in this section all will be explained.

Now, let’s imagine you are at a business fair, which is generally a large exhibition centre where companies have an area allocated to them to display their business. This could be a size of a few square metres up to a fairly large surface area to demonstrate physical products. It is an opportunity to grow businesses and for clients to meet potential partners. So this is an extremely lucrative venture for companies looking for new potential deals.

What is important in situations like these and other business functions, is making connections. So in this section, we will work on key expressions, vocabulary and resources you will need to meet people in business situations.

Let’s look at the following dialogue to see some examples of conversations when you first meet someone:


(In a business trade fair.)

Businessman A: Hello! My name is Derek Simpson.  I am here to help.

Businessman B: Hi Derek. It is very nice to meet you. My name is Greg Humphrey.

Businessman A: It’s a pleasure to meet you too, Greg.

Businessman B: You have a very attractive stand. I love the layout. It’s very well thought out.

Businessman A: Thank you for the compliment, Greg. We worked around-the-clock to set this up and the feedback we are getting is so rewarding.

Businessman B: I know how you feel. In the past, I used to set up stands and I fully understand the endeavours needed to get everything ship-shape.

Businessman A:  So Derek, I saw you were leafing through the brochure on our Dubai properties. Do you have any business interests there?

Businessman B: Yes Greg, in fact we do have interests there. I am a real estate developer based in Abu Dhabi, but we are looking at potential business in Dubai.

Businessman A: Well, you have come to the right place, and at a very good time. We are proud to announce that there has been some remarkable progress in our construction work and we are three weeks ahead of schedule so far. Properties are on track for launch into the market by the end of January.  Anyway, tell me about your business. I’m keen on knowing more.

Businessman B: That sounds great Derek! You must have a great team of constructors and project managers. Well, I need to visit Dubai next month to check up on another venture we have in the pipeline, so that would fit in nicely with my schedule. Do you think we could set up a viewing now?

Businessman A: Sure Greg, let me just get your details and we’ll have someone call you when it is convenient.

Businessman B: Thanks.

Let’s take a look at this dialogue for a moment. First of all, both of the businessmen were addressing each other with their respective names. This is a great way to remember who you are talking to!

Secondly, compliments were made from the beginning to be able to build a rapport.

Finally, the client welcomed this rapport-building and related to it, using a reference to his past experience of working with trade fair stands.

If you click on the words in boldyou will see that there is in fact a link which provides the definition of the word.

I hope you enjoyed this section on Business English. More resources are coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Teacher Dominic

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