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Imagine, but do it right: 7 charming ways

In the course of our lives we introduce ourselves to countless people - in private and professional life, on trips as well as in everyday life. "Hello, my name is ..., may I introduce myself?" Is the classic of the Self-introduction in such situations. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's also not very original. We are all fascinated by a surprisingly personable start in a conversation and first impression that lingers for a long time. So time to think about some fresh alternatives as we can imagine ...

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7 charming ways to introduce yourself

Of course, it always depends on the situation: In a formal meeting you will imagine yourself differently than on vacation with a beach acquaintance. The following examples are therefore primarily to be understood as suggestions and inspiration - when and where you should ideally use them is generally difficult to judge from a distance.

In addition, some of the aforementioned ways of introducing yourself can also be combined or varied with one another. In short: experiment a little with the greeting and when you introduce yourself. Find out what suits your personality and the given occasion:

  1. spell names

    Do you have a particularly complicated or original last name? Then just spell it out while imagining it or make a comparison. I usually introduce myself this way when it comes to how my surname is spelled: "... May - like April." That often breaks the first ice and provides a nice start to the conversation: "Oh, how the happy month?"

  2. Explain the background

    This is particularly useful for rare names or those that are difficult to pronounce: "Hello, my name is ... That is a Hungarian name, by the way. Properly pronounced it means ... ”This idea is particularly appropriate abroad, where your name is practically never pronounced correctly: For example, the Anglo-Saxons have big problems with the German“ ch ”, as in“ Jochen ”. So why not get in like this: “Hello, my name is Jochen. But feel free to call me Jo. I know, nobody can pronounce that ch… “Of course most of them then try to pronounce the name correctly. Voilà, you already have an instructive dialogue and can easily find a conversation ...

  3. Address origin

    When you introduce yourself, tell your counterpart a little more about yourself, for example where you come from: "... I am Cologne through and through, but - all too well - I was born in Franconia ..." What a bridge - especially, if you know (or hear) that your counterpart is also from Franconia or Cologne! The trick here is to find common ground, because these connect and make people immediately likeable.

  4. Reference pop culture

    Depending on the occasion, suitable similarities can also be found in lifestyle or pop culture. Here, too, you can use your name for a comparison: "My name is Lilly - similar to Lillet, by the way, my favorite summer drink ..." In that case, you should of course be able to chat about refreshing cocktails or the summer in general for the subsequent small talk.

  5. Confess nicknames

    Your nickname is also an original way to start a conversation and thus a fresh way to introduce yourself. That at least proves self-irony and lowers barriers. Maybe the person you are talking to has a bizarre nickname.

  6. Use a t-shirt

    Certainly, this is not for formal occasions. Instead, you see motto or profile T-shirts more and more often at bar camps or casual meetings. Founders and Twitterati in particular use the cheap item of clothing to print their profile name, their URL and logo or a self-explanatory slogan on it. The self-confident entry can then be: "I am ... and I will do it ... (point to the T-shirt)." Of course, it is more charming when the curiosity of your counterpart is aroused and the person approaches the T-shirt on their own initiative speak comes.

  7. Ask a Question

    This does not mean that you ask the other person what his or her name is. That would be legitimate if the person did not introduce themselves. The trick here is to initiate a conversation without lapsing into a monologue yourself. Means: You introduce yourself briefly - and at the same time skillfully bring your counterpart into a chat. For example: “By the way, I'm ... Nice to meet you. Did you also notice that ...? ”You take yourself back, immediately appear sympathetic and give your conversation partner time and space to express yourself and introduce yourself.

And the most important thing: Always smile! That connects immediately. Studies by Arnaud D’Argembeau and Martial Van der Linden show that smiling people are better remembered. In addition, a smile increases the reputation of the person - and they are even recommended more often.

Use caution when introducing two contacts to each other

You don't always just introduce yourself, especially in a network it can be important to make your own contacts and acquaintances known to each other. This is the only way to create a real network that is constantly growing and that can really work. So it's generally a good resolution to introduce contacts to one another, but be careful when doing so.

Basically: At an event or in a relaxed group, it is no problem to introduce two people to one another. Simply involve both sides in a conversation or bring in someone else to talk to while you are in a conversation. So everyone gets to know each other personally, you can exchange ideas and maybe even make arrangements about further communication or a meeting in the near future.

The situation is different on the Internet and via e-mail. Here, too, many contacts are passed on and people introduced to one another, but one should not pass on the contact details of a friend too quickly. Better: ask beforehand whether it would be okay if you passed on your e-mail address or telephone number, for example. So everyone can make the decision themselves and there is no feeling of being forced into new contacts because there may not be any time or interest in a larger network.

Introduce: Please not like that

In addition to the charming ways of self-introduction listed above, there is unfortunately always the exact opposite. You should avoid these things during the introduction:

  • Endless monologues

    Of course you should tell who you are and what you do, but that's enough to get you started. It is better to give your counterpart the opportunity to have their say or possibly ask questions. This is the only way to create a real conversation from the imagination. If you lapse into a long monologue at the introduction, it seems more as if you don't need a person to talk to, just a listener who nods silently.

  • Exaggerated self-congratulation

    Taking pride in your accomplishments and successes is perfectly fine, but don't be overwhelmed with self-praise as you introduce yourself. It quickly comes across as conceited and anything but likeable.

  • Hypocritical interest

    Your conversation partner's counterpart is always part of your own imagination. What counts is that honest interest is appropriate and may also be shown with pleasure. Pretended interest, on the other hand, is hypocrisy and is usually immediately exposed as such.

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February 19, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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