Business English Introductions Lesson


When introducing colleagues, coworkers,  customers and/or clients to each other in a business setting it is important to pass along information about their job title or function at their company.

 The structure of an introduction is like this:

1. Introduce your guest:             

        May I introduce Mr. Anthony Kim from Kookmin Bank?


2. Introduce the other person to your guest:

          Mr. Kim, this Janice Andersen.


3. Describe the other person’s job function:

          She’s responsible for international logistics.

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 Formal:
 May I introduce [name] from [company]?
 Informal:
 I’d like you to meet [name] from [company].

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Formal: Job Function
She’s  + responsible for + pricing our underwriting business
He’s + in charge of + negotiating our shipping rates
I’m** Informal: training our sales representatives
takes care of + our purchasing department
hedging our raw material costs.

** you can also use this format for introducing yourself


Now add the responses you learned in the Greetings Section

Initial Greeting
Formal:
How do you do? I’m pleased to [finally*] meet you.
It’s nice to [finally*] meet you.
Informal:
Hi, Nice/good to meet you.
Hello, Pleased to meet you.
Response to the Greeting
Formal:
How do you do? It’s nice to meet you too.
I’m pleased to meet you too.
Informal:
How do you do? Nice/Good to meet you too.
Hello, Pleased to meet you too.
Hi, (very informal)
* finally makes the greeting more cordial and friendly


The complete dialog would go like this:

You: May I introduce Anthony Kim from Kookmin Bank?
You: Mr. Kim, this is Maurice Gerard.  He’s responsible for our air cargo division.
Mr. K: How do you do. I’m very pleased to meet you Mr. Gerard.
Mr. G: I’m pleased to meet you too, Mr. Kim. 

** depending on the country and culture, conversation may remain formal using Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr. etc.


Now you are ready for the Business English Introductions Activity page

Business English Introductions Lesson