First Impressions

A selection of business English discussion questions.


  1. What sort of body language helps make a positive first impression in business?
  2. To make a good first impression, should you talk about yourself or about the other person?
  3. Can offering compliments help with a first impression? What compliments would be appropriate in a business situation?
  4. What sort of topics are appropriate when you first meet someone at a business event?
  5. To what extent do you judge people on how they dress in a business situation?
  6. How should a man dress to make a good first impression?
  7. How should a woman dress to make a good first impression?
  8. Do you enjoy networking? Is it a useful thing to do?
  9. How many work or business contacts do you have on your phone? Do you think it is enough?
  10. Are you good at giving presentations? Why or why not?
  11. What three pieces of advice would you give to someone giving a presentation at a business conference?
  12. What are the biggest mistakes people make when giving presentations?
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How to use these materials

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