How to Introduce Yourself at a Networking Event or Social Function - Whitney Danielle
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How to Introduce Yourself at a Networking Event or Social Function


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Introductions and first impressions are super important. Duh.

Introducing yourself has a LOT to do with body language, facial expressions, and energy.

At networking events it is good to practice a mixture of approaching people and allowing others to approach you.

Working a room is work and you want to make sure you are giving energy and attention as well as letting others come to you and introduce themselves.

I was told once that my facial expressions are a HUGE factor in people’s perception of me, especially initially. So I made a conscious decision to look calm and centered and happy to be at any event that I show up to.

I smile a lot, I make strong, sweet eye contact, and I approach tables and people who seem like they want to be approached or are alone.

I will walk up to tables of people talking who have open body language and seem to be talking about something light and fun, and I will walk up to groups who are doing the same thing as me (ordering a drink, waiting for a tab, in line for the restroom, etc.).

Once I physically position myself with a person or a group, I smile and listen to what’s going on if someone is telling a story. I will also approach and often people will stop and introduce themselves to you.

I have a firm handshake that is not a death grip but also not a limp princess handshake.
I make eye contact and watch their mouths say their names. It helps me remember the name later.
(Looking at their nametag during these few seconds help too.)

Note: I also make sure my hand isn’t super cold and is not wet from holding a drink or recently washing my hands, etc. It’s gross when other people do it so I try not to do it myself.

Once we exchange names and smile, one of us will ask a question or say something. Try to make this a compliment, an agreeable statement or something funny (don’t get crazy with the jokes because you don’t know everyone’s style of humor).

Note: For entrepreneurs or business professionals, make sure your introduction is smooth, strong and clear. Be humble about your title or position and seem genuinely interested in hearing the other person’s information in response.

Once the conversation gets going, keep it moving and have questions ready. Find unique questions and fun facts and have some fun.

I will have more information on how to talk to strangers and at networking events soon- but for now, practice your introductions with new people and work on your facial expressions and body language.

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