How to Respond to “Nice to Meet You”

In the virtual world that we’re currently living in, the opportunity of meeting someone in person, just for the sake of it and not for an ulterior motive or reason, is becoming an increasingly rare event. Gone are the days when men would gather around their houses to discuss news and politics, and women would happily gossip about the neighborhood inside.

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Most people today (at least those who are working) will first ask why at the prospect of meeting someone. Do I have to? they’d wonder before saying yes. And you can’t really blame them, can you? With so much going on inside our heads, in our lives, and so many easy distractions to pass the time with, why would one ever want to step outside their comfort zone?

But the magic of meeting someone in person is an altogether different experience. Instead of reading someone’s words, listening to their voice, or seeing their picture, you get to see the real person: their various expressions, tones, twitches, and smiles. You can never know this much about someone over the phone. And only then would you truly be able to use the phrase Nice to meet you.

Believe it or not, this phrase is going to be the topic of our discussion today. In our blog, we’ll learn about what it means, why it is used, and which responses are appropriate for it.

How to Respond to “Nice to Meet You”

Understanding why someone might be saying something to you is the first part of figuring out what to respond with. The second part is responding itself, for which you’ve come seeking help from us and help you’ll find.

Below, we have curated several responses to Nice to meet you that you could use in different situations. Don’t forget to read their context before moving ahead though:

“I’m glad you had a great time. Makes today a success.”

Suppose you were planning a fun outing with your crush. And at the end of the day, they part ways with you, saying Nice to meet you. Wouldn’t it make you ecstatic? We know for a fact that it would, but your crush might not.

If you really want to show them how much their compliment means to you, use this response. It will not merely show that you’re happy but also convey to them that you made a deliberate effort for this meeting, giving them a hint about you liking them. One stone, two birds, isn’t it?

“And to meet you. Let’s do this again sometime.”

This response is more than a mere response; it’s also a commitment, which you should only make when you’re as thrilled about the meeting as the next person. To the next person, it will appear that you enjoyed their company enough to want to do so again.

It might get their hopes up, too, which is why you should only say it when you mean it. However, by the let’s part, you’re opening up room for either one to make the next move; so, no pressure on your shoulders.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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