You only get one chance at making a first impression, which is why it's important to always be at the top of your game. Whether it's fair or not, most people judge you within the first 2 minutes of your introduction. Knowing how to introduce yourself and start a conversation is the first step in basic communication.
Analyze your surroundings to determine if other people are in earshot of the person you want to approach, consider the noise level and decide if the timing is right.
Think about the situation and determine if the conversation style is professional or casual. If you're at a work related function, it may be appropriate to shake hands and introduce yourself with your professional title. On the other hand, if you're at a cocktail party with friends, you may want to casually stroll up to the person, introduce yourself and ask how he or she knows the host.
Open the conversation with a casual greeting and introduce yourself. Give the person a compliment on jewelry, clothing, a presentation or anything else that may apply to the situation.
Ask questions about their work, family, friends and hobbies. Listen carefully and respond to their answers.
Tell the person a little about yourself and point out similarities in friends, work and social activities.
- Ask a mutual friend to introduce the two of you to break the ice. Start your conversation by finding out how your friend and the person know each other.
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