When you know how to introduce yourself and others in social and business situations, your confidence level reaches new heights and you suddenly find yourself unstoppable.
Can knowing this one little piece of etiquette really do this for someone?
The art of introductions is the cornerstone of bringing people together. And once mastered, you automatically assume the role of host wherever you go. But remember, great hosting comes with great responsibility.
So let me provide some guidelines . . .
No matter where you go, you're bound to see someone you don't know. And in appropriate settings like a networking event, a birthday party, a big get-together at a friend's home, you should make the most of these social opportunities by introducing yourself.
A self-introduction is as simple as saying, "Hi, we haven’t met. I’m (insert your name here)," as you extend your hand for the common handshake.
If you're approaching someone you are familiar with, you could make your introduction a bit friendlier by using his name, "Mr. Robinson, my name is _________. It's a pleasure to meet you."
Now let's stretch your comfort zone and begin introducing others. Here is the four-part formula for making correct introductions.
If the people you're introducing are:
Same age range, same gender - it doesn't matter whose name you say first.
Same age range, different gender - say the female's name first.
Different age range - say the older person's name first.
If one person is a VIP - the VIP's name is spoken first.
Introductions in the professional world are based on position and rank in the company/organization. State the name of the highest-ranking person first.
When a client or special sponsor/benefactor is being introduced, state the client’s name first, even if the person from your company/organization has a higher position in his/her company. For example, your client is a VP of her company, and you are introducing her to your company’s President.
When you are introducing two people of equal rank in the corporate or academic hierarchy, introduce the one you know less well to the one you know better.
Meeting someone new is like opening a gift. You never know if your new acquaintance will turn into a best friend, an important client, or the love of your life. The thrill of surprise is endless.
Now that you know how to introduce yourself and other people, there are many opportunities awaiting you.
Practice these guidelines as often as you can. And keep me posted on your progress!