How To Introduce Yourself And Make An Impression
In any networking or first meeting scenario, it’s important to make a good impression. Here are some tips for standing out and making a great impression:
Share how you can be helpful
Anyone can get your name and position from your nametag or business card. Instead of just sharing where you work, share why you’re here to network. You can say, “I’ve worked in sales for 15 years and would love to share my experience with X programs while learning about Y programs.” Not only will it show others that you are an important contact, it will also help you segway into a mutually beneficial conversation.
Take notice of cultural differences
Of course, if you’re networking internationally, take heed of what differences in culture there may be and make it a point to communicate with that understanding. However, you should also do this with different office, industry, state, or other culture differences. How does this person do things differently? How can you learn from each other?
Be unique. You don’t have to be the loudest person in the room. But, you can always be memorable by being your genuine self. Share an interesting anecdote. Give out freebies from you company. Tell everyone you’re here to help. Smile.