Something like saying good morning might look like a simple thing, but how you say it matters. The way you say good morning in a professional setting is different from the way you do in an informal conversation.
Your good morning greeting should be motivational and confident in a professional setting. A good example would be: “How are you doing this wonderful morning?” Do not speak too quickly and look at the other person with a friendly smile.
Speak with Confidence
As a professional, you have to exhibit confidence whenever you speak. Whether you’re speaking with one person or a group, you can’t afford to omit confidence in your speech. It is part of the package of professional speaking.
Confidence has to do with having a strong command and believing in what you’re saying. If you know it’s important to greet your boss in the morning upon arriving at the office, you’ll do it with confidence, right? This will actually earn you more respect from your employer.
Saying good morning with confidence simply means being audible and having conviction. You should be audible enough to demonstrate confidence in what you’re saying.
For example, a simple statement like:
will sound great, professionally, if you put in the right level of audibility and added conviction to it.
It’s important to take note that audibility is different from shouting. Don’t shout to your bosses or colleagues in the name of saying good morning in an audible way. This isn’t professional at all; it appears disrespectful. Rather, compose yourself and speak in the right way.
Mind the Language You Use
It is one thing to say something with confidence, but it’s another to use the right words. Remember, the idea is to speak professionally. So, the words you use have to be accepted in professional settings. Greeting someone in the morning might look like a minor matter, but it goes a long way, especially in a professional setting.
The first thing you need to know when saying good morning professionally is that you have to be formal. Don’t try to integrate casualness into your greeting as this might bring the wrong interpretation.
You should stick to something like:
“How are you this excellent morning sir?”
“A great morning madam”.
This is a formal way of greeting someone professionally. The response from such a person will be good because of the way you put it.
Avoid using jokes in a professional setting. If you’re saying good morning professionally, you should be mindful of the words you use. While jokey phrases are acceptable in a casual environment, you can’t afford to use such in the office or when meeting respectable people.
A good example of phrases to avoid include “Hey, How is the goin”, or “What’s up this morning”. There are people who won’t consider these greetings professional so avoid them as much as possible. They are more casual greetings in the morning than professional ones.
Of great importance still, don’t use language that might be offensive when saying good morning in a professional environment. It is prudent to understand that what might be offensive to one person might not be offensive to another.
That’s why you should purpose to only use words that don’t leave room for interpretation. They should be simple and clear.
For example, avoid something like, “Good morning, how did you sleep last night?”
People in a professional environment are likely to be offended by such a greeting. It’s not wise to ask them how they slept because that is a personal matter. A 2017 article by ResearchGate asserts that professional conversations should not target personal matters. 
Also, you should only use country-specific greetings, such as the Irish “Top of the Morning”, if you are sure that the recipient will not take this as a stereotype.
The Pace of Communication
The pace at which you’re communicating is important when speaking in a professional setting. Don’t be too fast or too slow when saying something professionally. The level of your professionalism depends on the ability to communicate what you’re saying in the best way possible.
If you talk too fast or too slow it’s possible that the person you’re speaking to may not hear what you’re saying well. Clarity is vital for people to take you seriously.
Make sure you use the right pace for those you’re greeting to get it right without wondering what you are saying.
Check Your Non-Verbal Communication
How you say good morning is important, especially when you’re in a formal space. According to a 2016 research article by ResearchGate, non-verbal communication is as important as verbal communication. 
The response you get for speaking with someone verbally is equal to the one you receive by communicating through your non-verbally. In a formal setting, it’s valuable to maintain a genuine smile when saying good morning.
The importance of a smile is that it gives you a good tone and allows you to build a much-needed rapport with your audience. Remember to make the smile as genuine as you can. Don’t fake it because if you do you’ll appear as an untrustworthy person.
It is professional to put on a smile while speaking, so don’t shy away from it. However, don’t exaggerate it.
Something else you need to put into consideration is eye contact. You should maintain eye contact when communicating professionally. Looking down or sideways shows that you’re not interested in what you’re saying and it doesn’t look professional.
So, try to maintain eye contact for the few seconds you’ll be saying good morning to your professional colleagues. It will go a long way. The bottom line here is that how you communicate plays a major role in how your audience receives your message.
Katie Holmes is a senior author at everyday-courtesy.com with over 15 years of experience in marketing and psychology. As a freelance consultant, she also supports companies and executives in overcoming communication challenges. Katie is a passionate digital nomad working on her first book on the art of communication.