When joining a group or small meeting, introductions are necessary. While most people find introductions uncomfortable and awkward, they do not have to be. An introduction is always better than none and will help everyone feel more comfortable. A few simple steps will help introducing yourself to a group feel like less of a burden.
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Smile. A smile can go a long way and send a direct message. Body language is a very simple form of communication. How the face looks can reveal a number of things. A smile can mean joy or happiness, but it can also signal nervousness. Practice the type of smile you'd like to express before introducing yourself to a group. It should be genuine and not too goofy.
Stand up. Among a group, someone who is standing will attract more attention and be heard better. Standing up also sets yourself apart from a seated crowd and signals that you may be delivering an important message. While standing, use good posture as it is a sign of confidence. Slouching sends a negative message and can result in misconstrued body language.
Greet the group. Depending on the circumstance, offer an appropriate greeting like, "Good Morning" or "Welcome." This will start your introduction in a friendly and respectful tone. If the group is gathered for a informal reason a "Hello" is fine to start with. While greeting the group, try to make eye contact with anyone nearby. This will engage your audience and show your interest in your participation.
Reveal relative information to the group of people you are addressing. Give your name and a few details. If you are introducing yourself to a group of mothers at a PTA meeting, start with, "Hello, My name is Sally and I am the mother of Suzy." What brought you to the meeting can be important to the group. If attending a team-building exercise for work, avoid giving out any information that has nothing to do with your profession. Describing how your dog likes to sleep in your bed at night is not something to share in a professional environment.
Engage the group of people who you are introducing yourself to, but keep it brief. Deliver you statement in a clear, concise manner. First impressions are very important, and dragging a simple introduction on too long will create a negative association with you.
Tips and warnings
- Be friendly.
- Say thank you if the situation calls for it.
- Do not forget to give your name.
- Do not use inappropriate jokes as ice breakers, they may be offensive to some.
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