“I want to seem friendly, but I don’t have the reflexes.”
“I have to search for things to say, and it’s awkward (maladroit).”
“I just need to practice more to feel comfortable.”
If you have to welcome visitors (accueillir des visiteurs) to your company, but don’t have the chance to do it every day—chances are (il y a des chances que) you’ve felt this way at some point.
Wanting to seem friendly and nice mean we want to make a good impression. So we want to get it right (faire correctement).
I’ve been living in France for more than 10 years and sometimes I still feel like I could do better when making first impressions with business contacts. And yes, it’s true both with totally new people and acquaintances I’ve met once or twice in the past.
If hesitations make you feel less friendly and if you wish it was as easy in English as it is in French (aussi facile en anglais qu’en français), today’s SBFG episode is for you.
You’ll get some ready-to-use expressions (expressions prêtes à utiliser) and a simple script you can follow for perfect conversations when you welcome a visitor to your company.
Once you’ve watched this episode, let me know your answer to this question:
What is the most difficult thing for you when welcoming a visitor?
Tell me about your tips and techniques for handling this common situation. I’m sure I can learn from your experience!
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Have a fantastic week in English,
You CAN be better at small talk in English