# Actual speaking English - 01

2020-02-03

M: Hey Rachel, how are you?

W: I’m good but I’m a bit nervous.

M: Why?

W: Because I’m starting at a new company in a couple of days, but I don’t really know how to introduce myself to a new group of people.

M: The first day at a company is nerve-racking, right?

You meet so many new faces and they all know each other as well. That is evven worse. But there are some things you should do on your first day.

Note:

nerve-racking: stressful, exhausting

new faces: new people


M: Ok. A firm handshake, that is key, to project confidence, but not too hard, you don’t want to hurt the other person, but not to flimsy as well. I hate a wet flimsy handshake. So if you are feeling nervous and sweaty, perhaps give your hand a wipe as well.

Note:

project: to give or express a clear impression of one's thoughts or personality; make an image

flimsy: weak, without strength, unstable


W: Clammy hands.

M: They are going to call you clammy hands at the company.

W: Alright, so a firm handshake is really important.

M: And then eye contact as well.

Note:

clammy: cold and damp, covered with moisture; wet, sweaty


M: And a big smile, I think that always helps, it makes people feel much more comfortable.

W: Yeah that’s true, that definitely will leave a great first impression.

M: As long as you don’t have something stuck in your teeth. Again, check.

Note:

to leave an impression (on someone): to provide a lasting memory for someone


W: I’ll have to get a mirror and check my teeth. That’s for sure. Alright so you’re saying a firm handshake is important, good eye contact, those show that I’m confident and then a friendly smile will show that I’m at ease and that I’m confortable with my surroundings.

M: Sure, and then maybe the last thing remember people’s names.

W: Oh, right!

M: And when you say your name as well, project it loudly so they remember you.

W: But you know, there’s so many people that I have to meet. How do I remember all their names?

M: I think writing it down as soon as you can, at the earliest possible opportunity. But I think that’s about it. And I think you’ll be fine, Rachel.

W: You think so? Alright, well I can’t wait to use that advice on my first day at my new company.

M: Fingers crossed.

W: Thank you.

Note:

keep one's fingers crossed: to wish someone luck; to hope for a good outcome for someone