What could I say instead of gentlemen in a business setting?

Gentlemen seems so formal, but "guys" is far too informal and "sirs" is just over the top.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    'Gentlemen'is not too formal...use that.

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  • 6 months ago

    "Good morning, everyone."

  • 6 months ago

    Gentlemen is the most used one and therefore the safest option.

    However, there are also other options depending on how "strict" the business is with formalities.

    ladies and gents

    honourable members

    members

    colleagues

    esteemed collagues

    council

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Are they really all men? If they are, "gentlemen" is fine. If they aren't, "Ladies and gentlemen" will do.

    There's nothing wrong with some formality, especially in business or any other professional setting. More people should observe it. It represents good manners, something else more people should display.

    You want people to take a meeting or presentation seriously. Formality helps.

    If you really want to get casual, use "Folks". I don't like it, but it would do.

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  • Ann
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    I tend to call my class "ladies and gentlemen." I use "gentlemen" as well as "guys."

    • Lili
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      I'm a professor. I address my undergraduate and graduate students as "ladies and gentlemen". I hope it helps them think of themselves as adults with serious obligations and responsibilities -- such as getting their work done well and on time.

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