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

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Should You Say “Nice lớn e-meet you?”

When you connect with someone for the first time via email, it can feel strange lớn say “Nice 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 media relations, where connecting with new contacts by thư điện tử is an everyday thing. Many people still write “Nice to lớn e-meet you” or “Nice lớn virtually meet you.” Although it’s a polite & 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 to lớn me because we haven’t met IRL.”

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

Here’s a tip: Avoid getting cute with quotation marks. The quotes around meet in “Nice to lớn ‘meet’ you” invalidate the word, so your sentence implies: It’s nice lớn 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 lớn Say “Nice 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 khổng lồ let them know you’re aware. We all like to be recognized for our work. When you acknowledge the other person’s experience & skills, you validate them và 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 nội dung marketing work at ABC Industries! In fact, I noticed that your team just revitalized the ABC blog, & 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 khổng lồ a new contact. You can also use it as a response when someone introduces themselves to you. Saying “thank you” has been proven lớn enhance our social bonding—a good thing when you’re trying to make new connections!

Saying ‘thank you’ goes beyond good manners. At the over of the day, initiating a social bond can be risky. We need to be selective và choose to 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 lớn Write a Great Thank You Letter

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

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

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Hi Asha,

It’s awesome to meet you. I’ve always been impressed by how well ABC Industries gets its name in front of the press, so I’m excited to 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 and forging a bond.

4 Just dive right in.

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

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

5 “Nice khổng lồ meet you” or a variation.

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

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