I attended a seminar given by a great scholar few years back. Then I had a chance to meet him in one of my colleague family function. My friend introduced me to him. I said:

Already I know you. I have attended one of your seminar.

But I thought it was little bit rude and too straightforward.

Is there any other way to start a conversation or introduce ourselves to a famous person?

  • Perhaps a few pleasantries at the beginning would have sounded smoother e.g. "What a pleasure to meet you...; "Lovely to meet you, I once attended a seminar of yours..." etc. But sometimes it's nice not to hear all the fluff and hear someone who is cheerfully direct.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 2, 2016 at 11:00
  • For almost all contexts it would normally be I know you already or I already know you if you wanted to use those four words. Nov 2, 2016 at 15:16

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If you actually met and spoke with the person:

Hello, we've already met. If you recall ...

Hello, we've actually been previously introduced ...

If you've just gone to see one of his lectures:

Hello, actually I attended one of your lectures ...

Hello, I actually know you, I came to see you when you were at (A) to give a lecture on (B).

Or if it's, for example, a famous celebrity (if you don't mind being cliche):

Hello I'm (A) and of course I know who you are. I am a big fan of your work.

  • 2
    You can also include "You probably don't remember, but we met once when..."
    – Werrf
    Dec 2, 2016 at 20:23

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