Introducing Yourself at Parties, Functions, and Conferences – Tactics
You can have fun practicing every week in shopping centers, on the phone to utility companies, every time you need to interact with someone.
The more you practice, the more situations you face, the easier it becomes.
Many people find introducing themselves at parties, functions, and conferences particularly difficult. Here there are a few tactics that can help.
First introductions are often said thought to be difficult. For extroverts, starting a conversation with someone they have never met could can be a breeze. Introverts normally find it heart-pounding to say even a single word. There are several ways on how to introduce yourself to someone you have never met. It usually needs to be on a case by case basis, however, the following are the most common tactics used to get someone’s attention and finally make an acquaintance.
- The direct approach works for most people who have the confidence to do so. Simply approach the person whom you want to introduce yourself to. Say “hell”o, offer a handshake and tell them your name. Be careful not to startle anyone when doing this. Wait for the perfect timing, stroll up with confidence and then make your move. If, however, it is a group you are approaching, politely ask if you could join them. Most probably, they won’t say no and may ask you some questions. Grab it as a chance to tell them a little something about you.
- Giving a compliment is the most over-used tactic and yet still works so well today. Remember to give a compliment that you really mean. Sincerity is the key here. You can start the conversation with a statement like, “I like your shirt” or “You have a nice watch”. The other party can reply with a, “Thank you”. From that point, be prepared to talk about the object you are complimenting on to prove that you really admire it. After a minute or two, or when appropriate, start introducing yourself.
- If the person you want to introduce yourself to is speaking to someone you already know, then take it as a chance to get acquainted. Walk towards them and say hello to your friend or the person you knew. An introduction can then follow naturally.
- If you want to introduce yourself to a person you only know by name, you can start a conversation by confirming their name. “Mr. Reynolds?”, once you get his attention continue by stating how you know about them and then introduce yourself. This tactic should only be used if you are certain that you are talking to the right person and you got their name right.
- With the right introduction, a good attitude, and confidence, you can find yourself creating a good impression and friendly relationships.