When introducing yourself, do you do so poorly? Perhaps you are inconsistent, inattentive, or under-skilled. Perhaps you don’t value the benefit of a solid introduction. Whatever the reason, your inability to introduce yourself effectively leaves others feeling unimpressed and underwhelmed.
Do any of the following Fumbler characteristics seem familiar to you when you think about how you introduce yourself to others?
- You take an opportunity to introduce yourself, yet you look away as you do so, reeking of disinterest.
- You only introduce yourself when a colleague starts the introduction for you.
- You are approached by a new colleague who introduces himself to you and you respond by saying “Hi,” without saying your name.
- You introduce yourself to others, yet you are asked to repeat your name because you mumbled when you spoke.
- You are not focused on the colleague you are meeting, which causes you to repeatedly ask, “I’m sorry, what was your name again?”
Or, if you’re consistent, attentive, skilled, and invested when you introduce yourself, you may be a true introducer. If so, you introduce yourself with energy, clarity, and confidence. You are focused on your colleague and interested in meeting him. You know that introducing yourself is an exciting opportunity to make a great first impression and a thrilling opportunity to connect with a new colleague.
Do any of the following Introducer characteristics seem familiar to you when you think about introducing yourself to others?
- Energy. You demonstrate excitement in meeting another individual. You are interested in hearing your colleague’s name and any other additional information about him. Your colleagues feel energized simply by meeting you.
- Confidence. You know the importance of a good introduction and you want to create a great first impression. You express this confidence with a solid handshake (where appropriate) and a strong voice.
- Clarity. You know what you want to say and say it clearly and concisely.
- Presence. While you are introducing yourself, you are also focused on the other person. You demonstrate good eye contact and ask questions that demonstrate you are listening.
So – which one are you?
You can find Ed’s book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job