How to Make Proper Introductions
Making Proper Introductions
Every time I begin to write a blog post I wonder to myself, who is really gonna read this and is this still relevant?
Then I look at my babies and I think, yes they need to know these things.
I can almost guarantee you that their will never be an instance when the protocol police will ever cite you for not following the correct order of introductions, and by no means are the following the rules that are carved in stone with no room for exceptions. These are just a few guideline to ensure that you are comfortable when making introductions.
A typical generic greeting will sound like this:
Hello Tim, I would like to introduce you to my friend Bob
Bob, this is my boss Tim.
Simple enough, just a few things to keep in mind.
- When introducing two people who are the same age and same gender, it does not matter whose name is said first.
- However for the same age with opposite genders, the girls’/womans’ name is said first.
- If you are introducing a younger person and an older person, the orders persons name is said first.
- And finally, if there is a person with a title, such as a President, VP, or High Ranking Official then that name is spoken first.
The person making the introductions should share a brief statement that serves as a way to foster a conversation between the persons being introduced.
Ex. “I thought it would be great if you guys met as you both enjoy fly fishing.”
Once the introductions are made, in most cases it is customary to shake hands ( more on proper handshakes in another post) and exchange pleasantries such as “How do you do?” or “Pleased to meet you.”
A few more things to consider:
- Address the person using the name given, don’t assume its ok to call Susan -Susie ( its ok to ask if she prefers Susan, Susie, Sue or Ms. Smith)
- Always make eye contact with the persons whose name you are speaking.
- When introducing a person to a large group setting, depending on the formality it is acceptable to introduce the individual to the group and allow for more private introductions throughout the course of the gathering.
- If someone has forgotten to introduce you, wait for an appropriate moment to interject and introduce yourself.
As I point out often, we live in a global society and some cultures find eye contact as a sign of disrespect, other cultures exchanges kisses as opposes to handshakes, as the old adage goes, when in Rome…
For a more detailed information feel free to contact me for a consultation. It would be my pleasure to meet you.