Today, my manager introduced me to an employee who's visiting us from a different geographical location. The person is visiting our office for 2 weeks. I don't know anything about him and I don't have any working relationship with him either. Being an non-native English speaker, I couldn't think of more than 2 sentences to say and there is an awkward silence that followed. All this while, my manager was observing me, which makes me even more nervous. I would like to know how to engage a stranger casually, without thinking too much?
The conversation went something like below.
Manager : Hi Peter, this is Mr.X visiting us from UK regarding project-Z.
Me(Peter): Hi Mr.X, how are you? welcome to our office.
Mr.X: I am good, thanks.
Me: Couldn't think of anything else to say!!!