6 tips for introducing yourself

Introducing yourself in person can feel awkward and forced. No matter the situation, these 6 simple tips from Catapult Seacoast will help make the experience much easier, and more successful!


1. Smile

The first step in a great introduction is enthusiasm. When you walk up to someone with a big smile on your face and introduce yourself, not only do you appear more welcoming, but you also seem genuinely excited to meet that person. This is a win-win, and it will help you start a conversation on the right foot.


2. Shake their hand


First impressions can be hard to beat. Make sure yours is a good one. When you meet someone, offer them a genuine and firm handshake. You might not know it, but a bad handshake (or NO handshake) can reflect poorly on you. When shaking someone’s hand, don’t crush the their fingers, but don’t give them the old dead fish either.


3. Say your full name

When you introduce yourself, make sure you say your full name. Why? It’s usually more memorable. If you have a common first name, chances are people will forget it. So, make an effort to introduce yourself with your first AND last name.


4. Explain what you do (not just your job title)

One of the first things people ask is “What do you do?” If your work isn’t self-explanatory or you’re unemployed, this can be a tricky thing to answer. Instead of waiting for the dreaded question, take the bull by the horns and pop it into your introduction. However, instead of simply telling them your job or role, explain the problem you solve.


For example, I’m a career coach. It’s a relatively new kind of job, so most people aren’t really sure what it is yet. So, instead of just saying, “I’m a career coach. What do you do?” and leaving people hanging, I go into a little more detail about what I do every day. So, I would say something like, “I’m a career coach. I help professionals improve their careers and find great jobs through a training program called CareerHMO.”


5. Be brief

No one wants to get stuck with The Rambler. Make sure you keep your introduction short and sweet so you can move on to more important (and fun!) topics.


6. Understand when it’s your turn to listen

Once you’ve gotten your introduction out of the way, it’s time to hear what the other person has to say. Who are they? What do they do? Focus your attention on them and listen intently. Don’t think about what you’re going to say next. Give them the respect and attention they deserve.


The bad news? In person introductions, regardless of how good you are at them, will always feel relatively awkward. So why not use an introduction tool that takes the uncomfortably out of the intro? That's where BizDate comes in. Download our app today!