Making corporate small talk


10 Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

  1. You must be Anne’s business partner.
  2. How’s you new business development manager performing so far?
  3. Nice weather this time of the year, isn’t it?
  4. What’s new? How have you been?
  5. I haven’t seen you for ages.
  6. What have you been up to?
  7. Are you still working for the same firm?
  8. Have you heard from Jenny and her new job recently?
  9. What a coincidence!
  10. 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.

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