When it’s your first time meeting someone, it’s a good idea to come up with a polite phrase to introduce yourself. If you haven’t met someone before, there are a few formal and polite greetings you can use. This article will look into some of the best choices.
The preferred ways to say you haven’t met someone include “haven’t had the pleasure,” “haven’t had the opportunity,” and “we haven’t met yet.” They work well to show that you haven’t had a chance to meet someone without sounding rude or ignorant of the upcoming conversation.
Haven’t Had The Pleasure
“Haven’t had the pleasure” is one of the best formal ways of introducing yourself or showing that you haven’t met someone. It shows that you expect someone to be a nice person, but you might not have had the chance to get to know that.
This phrase works well when you’ve heard about someone before but haven’t been able to talk to them. The “pleasure” comes from the idea that others have spoken to you about this person, and you are finally getting to introduce yourself.
- I’m sorry. I haven’t had the pleasure yet! I’m so happy to finally get a chance to meet you. What shall we discuss?
- No, I haven’t had the pleasure. May I just say that you are as beautiful as everyone has told me you would be.
- I haven’t had the pleasure. I think it’s about time that I introduce myself to the governor. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about.
Haven’t Had The Opportunity
“Haven’t had the opportunity” is another good choice for formal situations. This time, “opportunity” is used to show that a good chance hasn’t popped up. You (or the other person) might have been too busy to meet until that very moment.
- We haven’t had the opportunity to meet, but our paths have finally crossed. I have a few things that I’d like to go through with you!
- I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him. Is he as kind-hearted as everyone says he is? I’d really like to get to know him if so.
- They haven’t had the opportunity to meet with you yet. Bear with them, as I’m sure they won’t be much longer.
We Haven’t Met Yet
“We haven’t met yet” is a good way of showing that you haven’t “yet” had a chance to talk to somebody. The “yet” implies that you were going to get around to it, but you hadn’t found the correct time or opportunity to get that done.
- We haven’t met yet. I’m glad to be acquainted with you. Tell me, what is that you do for a living? You look like a hard worker.
- We haven’t met yet, so I’ll be introducing myself to him later on. I think it’ll be an eye-opening experience for us both.
- No, we haven’t met yet. Do you have an in for me? I’d love to find out more about him, but I don’t know how to get in there.
We Have Yet To Meet
“We have yet to meet” is another solid choice. It’s almost identical to “we haven’t met yet,” but “yet” comes earlier in the statement. This adds more emphasis to “yet,” showing that you were convinced that you would eventually get a chance to meet with this person.
- We have yet to meet. I’m not holding my breath for whenever the time comes, either. I know he’s a busy man.
- We have yet to meet. I would like to have a moment of her time when I see her next, though. I think we will have a lot to discuss.
- No, we have yet to meet. I’m sure they have a few interesting things to say about this topic. I’ll ask them when I see them.
Haven’t Had The Delight
“Haven’t had the delight” is another way of showing that you’re happy to meet someone for the first time. Here, “delight” allows you to show that you’re thrilled or excited about the concept of meeting the new person.
- I haven’t had the delight, so I’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. My name is James. What’s yours?
- I’m afraid I haven’t had the delight. I’m glad I get the chance to sit down with you now and find out more about your ideas.
- We haven’t had the delight. It’s an absolute pleasure to meet you. Tell me, what do you think of the current economic climate?
Can’t Say I’ve Had The Pleasure
“Can’t say I’ve had the pleasure” is a good choice for most formal situations. It can be perceived as slightly arrogant, as it assumes that you are the one who is the most interesting person to talk to. “Can’t say” makes it seem like you have a lot of self-importance.
- I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure. You look like you’re someone that I would regret not speaking to. What would you like to talk about?
- I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure yet. I’m sure you’re a lovely person, though, so let’s have a discussion about this.
- No, I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure. Do you think you’ll be able to introduce me to him?
It’s A Pleasure To Meet You
“It’s a pleasure to meet you” is a simple introductory phrase. It works both formally and informally. It’s a simple way for native speakers to introduce themselves to people they haven’t met before.
You should only use this phrase (or any similar phrases) when meeting someone for the first time. “Meet you” only ever implies that it’s your first encounter with the person.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you, of course. I’m looking forward to our upcoming debate. I think I’ll be able to catch you off guard.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you. Do you want to talk about anything in particular? I’m eager to pick your brain about a few things.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard a great deal about you from my peers. I’m sure you’ll live up to my expectations.
Glad To Finally Meet You
“Glad to finally meet you” is a good way of showing that you haven’t met someone after a lot of build-up. “Finally” is included when you already know a lot about the person you’re meeting, but you might not have met them for yourself.
For example, if you are meeting with a boss or head of the company, you might have heard about them from your colleagues. However, until you meet them, you only have a vague idea of what they’re like from the words of others.
“Glad to finally meet you” shows that you’re finally able to put a face and personality to the ideas that people have presented about them.
- We’re glad to finally meet you. We’ve heard an awful lot about you, and now it’s time for us to see whether you’re as grand as they say.
- I’m glad to finally meet you. I would like to talk to you about a few of the things you said in your last broadcast if that’s okay?
- Of course, she’s glad to finally meet you. She’s just a little bit shy, so you’re going to have to bear with her for a little while.
I’ve Yet To Have The Pleasure
“I’ve yet to have the pleasure” is a good choice to show that you’re happy to meet someone. “Pleasure” is included again here to show that you’re thrilled about the idea of meeting this new person or discussing something with them.
This is another good formal choice. It works best when you’re meeting someone in a formal event or environment. If you want to set a good first impression, this one is up there.
- I’ve yet to have the pleasure. Do you think you’ll be able to introduce me to them, or should I do it myself?
- No, I’ve yet to have the pleasure. I’ve heard great things, but I haven’t had a chance to meet with them to discuss this yet.
- I’ve yet to have the pleasure. Do you mind if I take you away from this party for a bit to discuss some more of your views?
Pleased To Meet You
“Pleased to meet you” is a simple phrase that allows you to meet someone for the first time. It shows that you haven’t met them before because “meet you” only ever works when it’s the first time you’ve seen someone.
“Pleased” is a good way of showing that you’re happy to get to know them. Even if it’s only for a brief minute (i.e. if you’re only introducing yourself to the people at an event without discussing anything further).
- I’m pleased to meet you finally. I think we will have a lot in common once we’ve started discussing a few of these things.
- I’m very pleased to meet you. I’m glad that you were free to discuss these issues with me.
- We’re pleased to meet you. Please, make yourself comfortable here. We just want to discuss a few of the new ideas with you.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.