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Useful Phrases for Networking In Business

Become a master at networking in English with these expressions.

Networking is an important part of succeeding in business but it can also be an awkward situation for many people. It's not always easy to start conversations with new people and to ask for their contact information in the end.

The phrases in this lesson can help you navigate networking situations successfully and build new business relationships.

Breaking the Ice

  • How's the food? (if they're eating)

  • Are you enjoying today's event?

  • This is a great event, isn't it?

  • Do you mind if I join you? (at their table)

  • Excuse me, is this seat taken? (if there's an empty seat)

  • I don't believe we've met. I'm Jennifer

Introducing Yourself (during conversation)

  • I'm Olivia, by the way.

  • I should introduce myself. I'm David.

  • Sorry, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm Melissa.

Creating Conversation

  • I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name.

  • What kind of work do you do?

  • What does your company do?

  • How is business these days?

  • Are you from around here?

  • Would you happen to know Jeff Wilson?

  • Have you been to this kind of event before?

  • What brings you to this event?

Introducing Another Person

  • I'd like to introduce you to my colleague, Daniela.

  • Laura, I'd like you to meet Paul.

  • Alex, have you met Miko?

Exchanging Business Cards

  • Here's my card.

  • Can I give you my card?

  • Do you have a card with you?

  • Would I be able to get one of your cards?

Establishing Future Contact

  • Please reach out if I can be any help to you in the future.

  • It was great chatting with you. I’d like to get your contact information if that’s okay with you.

  • Could I get your email address? I'd love to send you more information about it.

  • It would be nice to keep in touch. Do you have a LinkedIn account?

  • I’d like to follow up with you about our conversation today. How can I reach you?

  • Why don’t we exchange contact information to stay in touch?

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