Hello, nice to meet you


“Nice khổng lồ meet you!” It’s a pleasant and familiar way to greet someone you’ve just been introduced lớn by email. But it’s also enough of a cliché that you may want to change up this stock phrase, especially when the stakes are higher.

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Should you say “nice to lớn e-meet you?”

When you connect with someone for the first time via email, it can feel strange khổng lồ say “Nice to lớn meet you.” After all, you’re not exactly shaking hands và making eye contact. Should you acknowledge that this is an online meeting & not in person?

I encounter this situation a lot In public and truyền thông relations, where connecting with new contacts by e-mail is an everyday thing. Many people still write “Nice to lớn e-meet you” or “Nice to lớn virtually meet you.” Although it’s a polite and friendly greeting, it feels unnecessary, and even a little old-fashioned, lớn acknowledge that the meeting is taking place online. It’s as if you’re saying, “You’re not quite a real person lớn me because we haven’t met IRL.”

Drop the “e-meet” and the “virtual” references. We live & work in a digital world, & it’s time khổng lồ move forward. Even Forbes agrees!

Here’s a tip: Avoid getting xinh đẹp with quotation marks. The quotes around meet in “Nice lớn ‘meet’ you” invalidate the word, so your sentence implies: It’s nice to not really meet you. That’s just plain weird.

How can you respond khổng lồ an introduction in a more original (and less awkward) way?

Other ways to say “nice to lớn meet you” in email

1 “I’ve heard great things about ___.”

When your new contact’s reputation precedes them (in a good way), it never hurts to lớn let them know you’re aware. We all lượt thích to be recognized for our work. When you acknowledge the other person’s experience and skills, you validate them and start the conversation off in a positive way. You’re saying, “I see you.”

If you know specifics, go ahead and be specific. It’ll make your email seem more personal.

Hi Joe,

I’ve heard great things about your content marketing work at ABC Industries! In fact, I noticed that your team just revitalized the ABC blog, và it looks like things are moving in exciting new directions.

2 “Thanks for the introduction.”

This one works two ways. You can use it when someone else has introduced you to lớn a new contact. You can also use it as a response when someone introduces themselves to you. Saying “thank you” has been proven to enhance our social bonding—a good thing when you’re trying khổng lồ make new connections!

Saying ‘thank you’ goes beyond good manners. At the end of the day, initiating a social bond can be risky. We need lớn be selective và choose khổng lồ invest in those bonds with the highest likelihood of being a good investment. In this context, an expression of gratitude serves as a signal that the expresser is a good candidate for a future social relationship.

—Lisa A. Williams for The Conversation

READ: How to Write a Great Thank You Letter

3 “I’m looking forward to working with you.”

If you’re excited about establishing a new working relationship with someone, go ahead và say so. In fact, feel không tính tiền to use some variant of “nice lớn meet you” & follow it up with reasons why you’re pumped about working together.

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Hi Asha,

It’s awesome lớn meet you. I’ve always been impressed by how well ABC Industries gets its name in front of the press, so I’m excited lớn work one-on-one with their head of PR.

Meeting new work contacts can be anxiety-inducing. There so many unknowns! A greeting that expresses excitement about the partnership can go a long way toward relieving some of the stress & forging a bond.

4 Just dive right in.

Sure, it’s nice to lớn say something that tells your contact you’re happy to lớn meet them, but it’s also not strictly necessary. In the business world, we all appreciate people getting, well . . . Down to lớn business.

The key to lớn skipping the social nicety lies in the context of your email. If your e-mail is strictly business, bypassing the “nice lớn meet you” portion could make your message sound too abrupt. On the other hand, if you have some positive or upbeat things to lớn say, it makes sense khổng lồ be direct và cut straight lớn the exciting details.

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5 “Nice to meet you” or a variation.

There’s nothing wrong with saying “Nice to lớn meet you.” It’s one of those social pleasantries that we barely notice when it’s there. And yet, it adds a dash of politeness to your email message. If “nice khổng lồ meet you” sounds too clichéd, you can try one of these variations on the theme:

It’s great connecting with you.Pleased to meet you.Lovely khổng lồ meet you.How bởi you do? (Formal. Especially in Britain)Delighted khổng lồ make your acquaintance. (Very formal)