If you’ve just finished speaking to someone in a formal setting, you might want to say something positive when saying goodbye. Something like “it was a pleasure speaking with you” works well. There are some better alternatives, though, and this article will explore them.
The preferred synonyms are “it was a pleasure talking to you,” “it was nice talking to you,” and “it was great meeting you.” These work well in formal settings to show that you were happy to spend some time getting to know someone.
It Was A Pleasure Talking To You
“It was a pleasure talking to you” is a simple alternative that works well. You can use “speaking” and “talking” synonymously, and this phrase works well when you want to show that you’ve had an enjoyable time with someone in a formal situation.
Using “a pleasure” here is great in formal situations. The phrase “it was a pleasure speaking with you” already works well, so a minor tweak like this is also suitable.
- It was a pleasure talking to you. I hope I get to see you around here sometime again. It’d be nice to catch up.
- It was a real pleasure talking to you, sir. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything else you’d like to talk about.
- It was a pleasure talking to you. I hope you’ll be around for the party later today. It should be a really interesting one.
It Was Nice Talking To You
“It was nice talking to you” works well here too. This time, you can use “nice” as the adjective rather than saying “a pleasure.” It shows that you’ve had a good time getting to know someone or talking to them in a professional capacity.
You don’t have to use “nice,” either. You can decide on any other positive adjective that works (i.e. “good” or “great”).
- It was nice talking to you, Matt. I’m glad we could spend this time getting to know each other before we started on the same project.
- It was nice talking to you. I hope you make some time for me again in the future, as I had a really fun time here.
- It was nice talking to you. Let me know if you’d like to meet up to discuss anything like this again. It should be interesting.
It Was Great Meeting You
“It was great meeting you” is a fantastic choice in formal English. It works best when you’ve only just met someone for the first time. If you’ve seen them multiple times, it might not be wise to say “meeting you” anymore.
“Meeting you” is used when you have only just met someone. If you’ve had a good experience with your first meeting, this phrase should work really well to show them that you’ve enjoyed everything that you’ve spoken about.
- It was great meeting you, Abbie. I look forward to working closely with you in the future. I’m glad to be welcomed onto the team.
- It was great meeting you all. I hope you’ll allow me to introduce myself properly in the next few days when I start working here.
- It was great meeting you. Let me know if there’s anything else you need from me at any point. I’ll be happy to help where I can.
It Was Lovely To See You
“It was lovely to see you” is somewhere between informal and formal English. It’s quite versatile, so it can work well in either context. However, you should only use it informally when you’re at least a little bit familiar with the person you’re speaking with.
- It was lovely to see you again, Sarah. I’m glad that things have been looking up for you. You deserve to be happy with your choices.
- It was lovely to see you all. Thank you for making me feel so welcomed by this company. I hope we can continue to work together.
- It was lovely to see you here, Michael. I appreciate you spending the time to talk to me about your concerns with this place.
It Was Good To Talk To You
“It was good to talk to you” is a good choice even if you’re not familiar with the person you’re speaking to. It shows that you had a good time talking to them. It implies that it’s been an eye-opening experience, and you might have learned a lot.
- It was good to talk to you again. I hope we’ll be able to have a meeting like this again in the future. I’m intrigued to learn more about you.
- It was good to talk to you, as always. I feel like I always learn so much more when I get the chance to speak with you about these things.
- It was good to talk to you, Mr. Smith. You have such an insightful outlook on all of these things.
I Thoroughly Enjoyed Our Conversation
“I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation” is a great choice for formal situations. It’s a great alternative because it gets right to the point and shows someone that you enjoyed talking to them.
“Thoroughly” is used here to stress your enjoyment. It shows someone that you’ve had a great time, and you hope they have enjoyed it too. This phrase works best when you’ve learned a lot from your conversation with someone.
- I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I hope you don’t mind me saying that I’m quite surprised by how well that went.
- I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation today. Thank you for shedding some light on some of these things. I didn’t know how bad it got.
- I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation, Mario. I’m glad that we got to spend some time working closely together over these last few days.
I Had A Great Time With You
“I had a great time with you” is a simple phrase you can use to show that you’ve enjoyed someone’s company. It might not be the best option for a formal alternative, but it still works well when you’re showing that you had a good time.
Most people would say that “I had a great time with you” works best after an informal date. It’s up to you to determine whether you want to use it formally or informally. It still works in both contexts.
- I had a great time with you. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities in the future that will allow us to work through more issues.
- I had a great time with you. Thank you for coming to me with these concerns. They really helped me to figure things out.
- I had a great time with you. You always seem to know how to make business lunches more interesting.
It Was Nice To Catch Up
“It was nice to catch up” works well when you haven’t spoken to someone for a while. A “catch up” is a conversation you can have with someone when you’ve not had a chance to talk to them for at least a few weeks.
Catch-ups are great in formal situations. They allow you to learn more about what might be happening outside of your immediate circle.
- It was nice to catch up with my old boss. I sure hope he’ll be happy to meet up with me again in the future. He’s a great guy.
- It was nice to catch up, as always. Remember, you can always message me or email me if you need any help with this.
- It was nice to catch up, Barry. I’m glad you reached out because it felt like it had been way too long since we last had a conversation.
It Was A Privilege To Meet
“It was a privilege to meet” is a very formal and respectable way to show that you’ve enjoyed your time with someone. This phrase works best when you’re meeting a powerful person (i.e. a CEO or your boss, if it’s the first time you’ve met them).
- It was a privilege to meet you, sir. I’m glad you were willing to give me the time of day. I hope I’ve convinced you to change your mind.
- It was a privilege to meet you here. I would like to offer you a place at our company if you’re willing to take it.
- It was a privilege to meet with you. Thank you for sharing some of these interesting facts with me. I’d like to see what we can do with them.
I Hope We Can Do This Again Soon
“I hope we can do this again soon” works when you want to talk to someone again. It shows that you had a good time talking to them, and you might want to discuss further issues in the future.
- I hope we can do this again soon. It feels like it’s been way too long since we’ve been able to get anything like this done.
- I hope we can do this again soon. I’ve really missed our formal chats outside of the workplace. You’re a great person to learn from.
- I hope we can do this again soon. There are a couple of other things that I would like to go through 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.