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Ask Doctor English
Your ESL and English language learning specialist. Ask Dr. English whatever you like about the English language.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Using English for business purposes can be challenging. Typically speaking business English is more formal than the language used in everyday situations. However you need to consider not only the use of the language, but also the culture when using English in a business environment

In business, it is essential to make a good first impression and therefore it is valuable to practice and feel confident with your formal greeting.

When you first meet a client or colleague, smile and make eye contact. Offer your hand and make sure that your handshake is strong, but not overpowering. Say “Good morning (or afternoon) Mr. (or Mrs/Ms.) Family Name. Nice to meet you “. Introduce yourself if the person does not know your name by saying, “My name is Bob (first name) Smith (family name).”
Role-playing this type of introduction or greeting will help you feel more comfortable and make a good first impression.

If you would like more information on BIZ TALK, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca


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