8 Engaging Phrases to use when Meeting Someone in Business


Often our first interaction when meeting someone can be their last impression of you for quite some time. I personally used to struggle when meeting peers and leaders because I would ask very basic questions that would end in awkwardness for both of us. It’s important to know that initial conversations with most people can be challenging, but if you can help control the conversation you will make the introduction a positive one. Try some of these 8 Engaging Phrases to use when Meeting Someone in Business:

  1. Tell me about your history with (company) and what got you to your current role.
  2. What all is working well in your department?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next 5 years?
  4. What are you and your team focused on over the next few months?
  5. What kind of opportunities are you facing currently in your (store, department, region etc.)?
  6. What kind of strategies have you used to overcome (these obstacles)?
  7. Where have you lived/worked besides (City)?
  8. What are your hobbies outside of work?

I can tell you without a doubt that how you say these questions is just as important as the questions themselves. Remaining positive and optimistic is always a great way to lead a conversation. Often employees will jump to topics that are sore spots within the company and can be a risky move.

TIP: Take the 8 phrases above and ask yourself these questions. Play both employees who just met each other. Ask for additional questions and try to keep a conversation going for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Remember to stay positive, stick to professional conversations, and control the flow and pace of the conversation. Having energy and a positive outlook will attract leaders and employees attention to you, and will leave a lasting impression.

Develop daily,

Michael Dooley


Question: what phrases have you used when meeting someone?


7 thoughts on “8 Engaging Phrases to use when Meeting Someone in Business

  1. Great Post! These 8 questions are a solid start to building a professional relationship with someone. If I may add a few of my own thoughts…

    It’s important to stay present in the conversation while you get the answers to your questions. It can be very easy to “tune out” the answer while you think about all the other things you have going on (I have to work really hard on this). Staying present will help to build that genuine connection you’re looking for.

    Also, don’t be afraid to let the conversation wander a bit. You may find an area of mutual interest as the conversation flows. You can always get back to the rest of the list later on.

  2. Hi Michael thank you for liking my posts also can you please add me on facebook as a friend under Jimmy Calligeros you will see a street sign with the word success written on it as my profile picture I would like to talk to you a bit more in person thank you 🙂

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