What do you respond if someone says “Looking forward to it” to you? Your reply can be something between “Me too!“, “See you then“, “Good to hear that“, “I wish I could say the same“, or an indifferent “Okay”. What is the difference you might ask?
Well, it all depends on context, timing, and intention. Learning how to say the right thing in business and private context is important. Everything runs on relationships and connections.
While in private sessions, you can get away with dodgy, witty replies, in business contexts, you have to keep things official so there is no mistaking who is the boss and who is not.
So, depending on setting, timing, and intention, here is how you may respond to “Looking forward to it“.
Say you look forward to it as well
How about using their words in your reply? “I look forward to it as well“ works just fine in both formal and informal contexts.
Instead of scratching your head on what phrases to use, just let them know you are anticipating as well. It is a great way to bring the topic to an end and reinforces the set plan.
“I look forward to seeing you again“
If you have not seen your friend for a long time and they’ve just agreed to a get-together, you can express your excitement by saying “I am looking forward to seeing you again“ or “it will be good to see you again“.
Don’t just say “see ya“ or “see you then“. Let your friend know how much you are excited about another meeting opportunity. These phrase works fine in business settings too, especially when a meeting comes to an end and there are promises of a future get-together, tell the other person you look forward to seeing them again.
A simple “Me too!“ reply is used to show feelings are mutual. For example, suppose you have proposed to do something for your friend and they say they are looking forward to it.
In that case, you answer “Me too“ to convey your happiness that they are enthusiastic about your plan and that it’s going to be great!
“Me too“ is suitable in both formal and informal contexts. It is a friendly and familiar expression that the other person will understand immediately; the only con is everyone uses it.
“I wish I could say the same“
If you are not feeling enthusiastic about the plan express your disappointments politely with “I wish I could say the same“. This shows the other person that while you would love to attend the event, you’ve got other commitments
This is where timing comes in. If the date and time they are proposing does not work for you, express your regrets and let them down easily using the above phrase. The only con is they may ask you why you are not eager for their plan, so be ready with a brief explanation just in case.
“See you then/yeah sure/ see you there“
You can also tell them “See you then“ or “yeah sure“. These conclusive phrases are the best way to bring the topic to an end especially if you have agreed on a hard deadline.
“See you then/there“ is a great way to reply if you have set the time and place to meet. It can be used in face to face conversations, on the telephone, texting, or communicating through email. It helps to reinforce your plans and end the conversation on an aggregable note.
When to say “See you then“ vs “See you there“?
It all depends on what details you’ve agreed on. If you’ve decided on a specific location, use “see you there“, but if it’s time you’ve agreed on, “see you then“ is better. And if it’s both a time and place, either phrase will work just fine.
“See ya/cheers“ or “That’s awesome “
In what context did they say they are looking forward to it? If it’s said in informal situations, “see ya/cheers“ is a more appropriate and even friendlier reply than “see you then/there“.
These can be used in telephone conversations, letters, texts, email communication, or even when face to face, just ensure the context is not formal.
“Good to hear that“
“Good to hear that“ just shows that you are happy that the other person is looking forward to what you’ve proposed, especially if you were not sure they were going to agree to your plan.
You can also say, “Glad to hear that“. There’s no difference at all. Both phrases express the same sentiment that you are happy the other person is enthusiastic about your idea.
“Happy to hear that“ will also work just fine if you want to make things even more personal. “Good/glad to hear that“ and “happy to hear that“ are suitable for both business and private context whether talking face to face or through other channels of communication.
Now, “Okay/Likewise/Same“ are the best classic phrases to cut off someone who is bugging you with plans you are not very enthusiastic about. Express your disinterest with a simple “okay“ or if you want to hurt their feelings you can just say “K“.
“Okay“ and “k“ are great ways to politely tell someone to back off without going into much detail. If they are wiser, they will take it as an indication that you don’t care and leave you alone.
“Likewise“ can be used to indicate you are not too excited unless you follow it with something friendly.
You can use the phrases in both formal and informal conversation. But just know the other person is going sense your indifference and perhaps won’t take it too kindly if they are the sensitive type.
A simple nod and smile
A simple nod and smile work great if you are only making small talk. For example, they do an impressive trick, and the conversation goes like:
You: “Wow, that is some mad skill. How did you do that -maybe you could teach it to me someday? “
Friend: “Looking forward to it.“
You: Smile and nod
Alternatively, you could also follow through after getting a positive response from your friend and set plans. You could say something like, “Glad to hear that. When can I get my first lesson?“ that is, if you were serious about it.
See! It’s not hard to show politeness in both private and business context. Mostly, when someone says they are looking forward to something, it shows they are excited and eager about something in the near future.
Depending on your motivation towards the event, you can reply using either of the above phrases.
What if it’s your boss saying they are looking forward to seeing your work?
If your boss says he/she is looking forward to seeing your work, you can reply by saying “Thank you very much. I appreciate the opportunity you are giving me“.
If it all goes well, they may say how they are looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
Bosses rarely have the time for narratives and stories, keep things brief and concise, that is unless you want to ask for more resources and is when you can tell them how the job is going and create an environment where you can ask for more tasks, time etc.
Even so, keep your stories short; this is not the time for the “dog ate my homework“ kind of excuses. You will be sad when your boss discovers you’ve been wasting his/her time.
Now, what if their intention is not good?
While in most cases, people say they are looking forward to something great, the phrase can also be used as a smart reply to a bluff you just made.
For example, if you have just promised to school someone and they just reply, “Looking forward to it“ you should be very worried, my friend. Especially in sports competitions or any other context involving a beat down between arch-rivals, take that reply seriously.
I mean, here is a person you have just promised a good a** beating, and they just say they are waiting for you. It’s time to ask yourself what is it they think they know that you don’t know? Perhaps you’ve just made the biggest mistake of your life.
If you had promised them a physical fight, back off with a joke. You better know you can back your claims before you go around town making them.
The phrase “Looking forward to it” is usually a conversation ending sentence, so keep your reply short and to the point, unless you are trying to follow through and make plans, don’t go on talking about the topic for long.