Introducing yourself to others is an important moment.
You are making a first impression.
Here are my top tips of what NOT to do:
Name dropper. This person introduces themselves by saying who they know, who they’ve worked with, etc. I might not remember their name, but I’ll remember that they once got Tony Robbins a glass of water.
A card is not an introduction. Just throwing your business card at a person, or worse, at as many people as possible at a networking event, is just about the worst kind of introduction you can make. If you hand one to me, I’m going to hand it to the nearest rubbish bin.
Double-carder. Handing someone two copies of your business card to encourage the other person to send you a referral. It’s presumptuous unless they ask for an extra card.
Rambling man (or woman). As soon as you get to talk, you get over excited and start telling your life story. Or the story of how you got to the meeting. Or how you met your spouse. And forget to tell me, you know, who you are.
If I’m just meeting you, I don’t need to know the entire history of your business or career, all of your degrees and accolades, and your dog’s maiden name. Stick to the basics.
The Limp Fish.
It may be old fashioned, but I think a weak handshake is a turn-off when introducing yourself. Practice a firm (but not crushing) handshake to convey confidence.
The Cannonball. Probably the opposite of the limp fish is the cannonball — the guy who is so overly confident that he’ll barrel his way into any situation or conversation without being invited. If you want to join an ongoing conversation, wait to be acknowledged before you jump right in.
The Digital Zombie.
If you’re going to a networking event, or a business function of some kind, don’t be so absorbed in yourself and your cell phone that you’re not paying attention..
Instead, do this...
Instead of leading with what you do, lead with who you help.
As in, “Hi, my name is Bernard, and I help companies identify and make the best use of their key performance indicators and big data.”
This overview was put together by Bernard Marr, Founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute.
Bernard Marr is a bestselling business author, keynote speaker, strategic performance consultant, and analytics, KPI & Big Data guru. He helps companies with their big data strategies and trains teams to better leverage data in their companies.
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