How to Introduce Yourself

Be memorable.
Tell more than just the lines on your business card. Find a creative was to describe your job title. For example, instead of “Hello. I’m a financial planner,” say, “Hello. I help people identify truths about where they want to be financially.”

Build a solid introduction by communicating your contribution to the event, why you’re attending, or your future goals. The trick will be crafting a succinct introduction that creates a desire to know more about you. Similar to an elevator pitch.

Be culturally aware.
Understand the social norms of the community you are in. In certain parts of the country, jeans and a blazer may be appropriate for a business meeting. In other parts of the country, a suit and tie is the only acceptable dress coat. The structure and formality of introduction may vary from region to region.

Be contextually competent.
If you meet another student-athletes or sport administrator at a sport conference, it’s appropriate to tell them you are a student-athlete at the University of Georgia, and then add something that sets you apart. Stating a piece of relatable information also helps to spark conversation.

Engage with the other person.
The introduction doesn’t stop after the handshake and pleasantries. Ask questions about the other person and listen. Following up on the introduction demonstrates he/she is a valued connection.

Be confident and be you.
Trust that who you are is more than enough. You bring a unique set of skills, history, strengths and struggles.

Strong handshake. 


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September 22, 2016

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