• Susie Wilson

Social Etiquette

When you know how to introduce yourself and others, your confidence level reaches new heights and you suddenly find yourself unstoppable.

Can knowing this one little piece of social etiquette really do this for someone?

Yes indeed!

The art of introductions is the cornerstone of bringing people together. Once mastered, you automatically assume the role of host wherever you go. Always remember, great hosting comes with great responsibility.

Let me provide some guidelines .

How to Introduce Yourself?

No matter where you go, you're certain 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, "Hello- or Good morning, Good afternoon, good evening 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 friendlier by using his/her name, "Mrs. Smith, or Mr.Smith my name is _________. It's a pleasure to meet you."

Introducing Other People

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.

"Claire, this is my coworker, Sam. Sam, this is Claire."

Different age range - say the older person's name first.

"Uncle George, this is my friend, Sally Edwards. , this is my uncle, George Smith."

If one person is a VIP - the VIP's name is spoken first.

"Mayor Smith, I'd like to introduce Charlotte Worthington. Charlotte, this is our Mayor, Catherine Smith."

Also Keep in Mind

When introducing relatives, be sure and give their full names. Your friends wouldn't call your parents "Mum" or "Dad", but won't have any other option unless you tell their names.

In business, and more formal occasions, use first and last names when introducing people.

It is always helpful to give a little more information about the people you are introducing. "Sam this is Claire. She enjoys horseback riding, too." You've just given Sam a terrific conversation starter, for which he will be grateful!

Smile and shake hands. A warm, friendly smile wins people over every time. Use it with the standard greeting of shaking hands, and you'll definitely make a great impression.

Always remember to make eye contact!

Make the Most of Social Opportunities.

Meeting new people is like opening a gift. You never know if your new acquaintance will turn into a best friend, a 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.

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