September 15, 2007

Introduce yourself

When you're asked to introduce yourself in a group setting, here are a couple of quick tips to make sure that everyone hears what you have to say.

1. Stand up completely before you begin speaking. If you start introducing yourself as you're getting up out of your chair, it's guaranteed that people will miss some of what you're saying.

2. Say your name and whatever other information is required. Own your name! Don't mutter it like it's unimportant. Speak clearly and make sure you give equal time to people in front of you, behind you, and to both sides. Then, before sitting down, state your name one more time.

3. Finish speaking before starting to sit down. As I mentioned before, if you're in the process of moving in or out of your chair while speaking, not everyone will hear you. Make sure you're completely finished with your introduction, and then sit down.

There you go - easy peasy!

And while we're at it, feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section! There are a lot of you reading and subscribing, but I've only gotten to know a few of you. Go ahead and say hello. :-)

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3 comments. Please add yours! :

Anonymous said...

"Own your name!"

So true. Many folks say their names as if they were asking a question. This invites an unconscious perception that the speaker lacks confidence, which can kill a speech (or phone conversation) before it begins.

I've only recently stopped doing this. :)

Lisa Braithwaite said...

I've always been uncomfortable with the way my name flows, or doesn't flow. It just never sounds right to me when I say it out loud. But believe me, I don't put out those vibes when I introduce myself.

I just keep in mind that most people don't have melodic or exotic names that sound like characters in a romantic novel or action film!

Matthew Cornell said...

Great tip, great post. Much obliged!

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