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Old 10-31-2002, 11:22 AM
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What is the polite thing to say when...


What do you say when you meet someone you haven't met before and you're goint to do business or something like that?

In school we were told the "the English", (the British), said "How do you do?" when they met, and that the polite answer was "How do you do?" back. That didn't really make any sence to me, but in school... you say what the teacher want's you to say, or your grades go down.

I think the American/US way would be something along the lines of "How are you?", but I don't know what the respons would be.

In Australia they say "G'day", and that's exactly, appart from the prononciation, that we say in Sweden.

So... if you meet someone at a business meeting that you've never met before, what do you say, and what is the proper respons? British, US, and Australian versions, please.

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Old 10-31-2002, 12:03 PM
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When shaking their hand for the first time I usually say "Hi, it is nice meeting you". Or "Hi, it is a pleasure to meet you". or something similar. I think you can that way get the same response back rather than the two of you asking questions that never get answered.

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Old 10-31-2002, 12:29 PM
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"Hi, it is nice meeting you
That's always been the winner in my book. Simple, polite, and to the point.

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Old 10-31-2002, 12:36 PM
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umm im in Britain and we dont say that over here... if it was a friend/casual that i havent met before id shake hand or just nod and say "alright, what about ya" and wouldnt expect an answer.

If it was business, I would shake hand and say nice to meet you, then make a comment about there business/building/suit/ the weather.

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Old 10-31-2002, 03:26 PM
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"Hi I am Rob and who the **** are you?"

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Old 10-31-2002, 04:23 PM
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Old 10-31-2002, 04:24 PM
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"G'day, pleased to meet you "

"me too"

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Old 10-31-2002, 04:50 PM
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"There's a sign out front that says Lou's Tavern. I'm f*ckin' Lou. Who the f*ck are you?"

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:27 PM
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Just say "Hello" and Smile genuinely as you shake their hand. When I was first in America (I'm British) I was abit...annoyed...by the way everyone went "Hi! How are you?" then didn't actually expect an answer.

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:41 PM
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Usually when people ask me that I say "Not too bad, yourself?" Catches a few people out not expecting to have to answer themselves.

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Old 10-31-2002, 08:14 PM
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Its a pleasure to meet you, accompanied by a firm handshake and a confident smile for a bloke (bloke also gets sir appended)and a gentler handshake for a lady.
some business associates i already know quite well get the same as most of my friends do, a hug and a 'its great to see you again'. i believe in presenting a professional image, i like to convey i know what im doing, but i also like to convey my personality mixed in with that.

edit: should add im a brit with a very formal education and upbringing mixed with a lot of advanced experience in work at a young age, i was a researcher for a petro chemicals plant at 17 so i learned how to earn the respect of elders and superiors and how to conduct myself in a proper fashion. i also learned how to tear people apart with words when i worked shifts with the process workers lol.

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Old 10-31-2002, 08:21 PM
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Fine, thank you. And you?

That's the generic answer I normally use.

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Old 11-01-2002, 12:56 AM
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For business, I would go:

Reach For Handshake.
Say "Hi, my name is Adam Ferree, i'm with blah blah, hows it going?"

Just kind of laid back, but still professional.



For my friends, its:

SOCK in the chest.

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Old 11-01-2002, 02:38 AM
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Just do it the French way and kiss three times on the cheeks (left, right, left)

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