Making corporate small talk
10 Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
- You must be Anne’s business partner.
- How’s you new business development manager performing so far?
- Nice weather this time of the year, isn’t it?
- What’s new? How have you been?
- I haven’t seen you for ages.
- What have you been up to?
- Are you still working for the same firm?
- Have you heard from Jenny and her new job recently?
- What a coincidence!
- Fancy meeting you here! I can’t believe we ran into each other.
How To Use These Phrases in Your English
- Phrase 1 is used to introduce yourself to someone, when you think you know who the person is.
- Phrase 2 is used to ask the person you are talking to for information about someone.
- Phrase 3 is used when you can’t think of anything else to talk about. If the weather is bad, you could say ’Terrible weather, isn’t it?’ instead.
- Phrases 4, 6, 7 & 8 are general enquiries, asking for news about a person.
- Phrase 5 has a similar meaning to 4 and 6, but is expressed as a affirmation rather than a question.
- Phrases 9 and 10 are used to express surprise when you meet someone you weren’t expecting to run into.