Introducing People – Introducing Ourselves and Others in Formal Settings

In this post we’ll look at what to say when we meet someone for the first time in formal situations and how we introduce ourselves or other people in a polite way?

Read this conversation between two people who haven’t met before. They are being introduced by another person.
Read the conversation and notice the language used to introduce people.

MARY: Mr. Watson, I’d like you to meet Dr. Elisa Walker.
MR. WATSON: It’s nice to meet you, Dr. Walker.
DR. WALKER: Pleasure to meet you, too.
MARY: Dr. Walker is an economist. He just finished writing a book on international trade.

Informal Introductions
JOE: Who’s the tall woman next to Seema?
BOB: That’s her friend Nastya. Didn’t you meet her at Sam’s party?
JOE: No, I wasn’t at Sam’s party.
BOB: Oh! Then let me introduce you to her now. Nastya, this is my friend Joe.
NASTYA: Hi, Joe. Nice to meet you.
JOE: You, too. Would you like a drink?
NASTYA: Sure, let’s go get one.

Some more expressions to introduce
I just wanted to introduce myself.
I’d like to introduce you to…
There’s someone I’d like you to meet… Have you met…?
I don’t think we’ve actually met formally yet.
Pleased to meet you. Nice to meet you.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Very nice to meet you. Likewise.

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