“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” as Oscar Wilde, one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s used to say.

And he was right. In the business world, we put a lot of time and effort into making a good first impressions, from a carefully prepared elevator pitch to a suitable handshake and confident body language.

According to a recent Harvard University study, we have on average about five seconds to make a good first impression, and, if that first impression is bad, it takes eight subsequent positive encounters to change that person’s negative opinion of you. Yikes!  But there is no need to panic. The most important thing to remember is the KISS principle – Keep it short and simple.

Learn a few simple phrases with the right prepositions and you’re good to go!

 

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“The name’s Bond, James Bond.”   Introductions don’t have to be too long – especially if you’re a spy.

 

Download the .pdf file so that you always have this handy list of introductory Business English phrases in your London School folder when you need them:

Download (PDF, 55KB)

 

Afterwards, try the quiz below and then adapt the text to fit your industry/job and circumstances.Good luck!

 

As ever comments, questions can be posted in the box below!

1. Choose the right preposition to fill in the gaps:

I work for | by | in Aioi Nissay Dowa which is the European subsidiary of the largest insurer with | at | in  the Asian market. We are owned from | by |  to the Japanese Insurer MS&AD group. I work on | in | by the underwriting department               for | as | to  a financial underwriting assistant. My job involves following across | up | of  on proposals and checking information such as a customer’s annual salary; monthly costs, and medical background, which we need before someone can take out | in |up insurance. I’ve only been working for |with | in    my current position  since| for | until five years, although I’ve worked in the insurance industry since I left school.

 

 


 

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