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Fun Icebreaker Ideas for Teambuilding Events
Whether it’s a business meeting, conference or other group gathering where people don’t know one another well, a team building activity to make introductions and give them a chance to learn something about one another can be a fun way to break the ice.
One fun group activity is called “paper airplanes.” A moderator asks one or two questions of the group, and each person writes their answers down on a piece of paper. Next, the airplanes are tossed into a designated area so that nobody can tell whose is whose. Each person picks up one up of the airplanes that isn’t theirs, and then group members go around asking questions of the others until they find the rightful owner of the one they have. An additional perk is getting to check each group member’s paper airplane-making skills.
Two Truths and a Lie
Finding just the right activity to set the tone of the meeting is important. Another possible activity to learn more about other group members is called “two truths and a lie.” Each member in the group comes up with two things that are true about themselves and one that is not. The other members of the group have to consider all of the options and guess which thing is false. This is an entertaining, and often funny, activity that gets every member of the group involved.
One Thing in Common
Using an icebreaker called “one thing in common” is another way to get group members engaging with one another. It requires a group of people working together to talk with one another in hopes of discovering one thing that they all have in common. The conversation will turn up all sorts of interesting information and can include everything from favorite colors to the names of their children, places they’ve lived or former bosses they’ve all shared. You never know what they’ll discover.
Easy Does It
The simpler the icebreaker is, the better. People won’t be receptive to something with a lot of instructions, and you won’t want an activity that will take up too much of your time.
A Successful Ice Breaker Event
You’ll know you’ve chosen a great ice breaker when you see people relaxing and interacting with one another. Following the icebreaker activity most people will be ready to get down to business. The best icebreaker doesn’t take a lot of equipment, a lot of time, or a lot of set up. You can find a number of suggestions on the Internet and in business related books and other publications.
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How to professionally introduce yourself
Introducing yourself in a professional setting can be nerve-wracking.
You have to be confident and charming, present the most important information about yourself, and appear as someone others would want to work with.
It’s not an easy task, whether you’re:
- Meeting your coworkers for the first time,
- Reaching out to a new client,
- Attending a networking or work event, or
- Trying to ace a job interview.
That’s why, in this article, you’ll learn the most useful tips on how to professionally introduce yourself and leave a great first impression.
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Why does the first impression matter?
No pressure — but leaving a good first impression is a big deal.
There’s something called the primacy effect — in simple terms, it’s a tendency of our brains to recall the information presented first better than information presented at the middle or end of “a list of items ”.
Moreover, a Harvard study cited in Forbes revealed that after a bad first impression, it takes 8 subsequent positive encounters to change someone’s negative opinion of us.
This means that the first impression has a significant effect on how others perceive you — so, the way you introduce yourself matters.
Easier said than done, but — don’t be.
If you follow all of our tips when introducing yourself, I guarantee you will leave a good first impression and appear as pleasant and professional as one could be.
Tip #1: Pay attention to your body language
If you are introducing yourself in a written form (via email or a team messaging app , for example), body language is not something you have to worry about.
However, if the introduction takes place in person, body language is crucial .
Answers to “How long does it take to form the first impression?” range from 33 milliseconds to 27 seconds , which is quite a difference. But the general consensus is — before you even have a chance to open your mouth, you will be “rated” by others.
Now, what body language cues are important to have, to improve that first impression and “rating”?
Here are some of them:
- Clear voice
- A firm handshake (but not too firm — crushing someone’s hand doesn’t leave a good impression, I’ll tell you that)
- Good posture
- Looking people in the eyes (but not too intensely, as it can come off as intimidating or even scary)
Moreover, along with having open body language, make sure you dress the part.
Your clothes should be:
- Appropriate for the occasion,
But, your outfit doesn’t have to be boring — it’s a great way to show your personality.
Appearing confident and well-groomed can go a long way, partly because of the halo effect .
It’s a cognitive bias whereby one positive trait someone has (or our overall impression of a person) positively influences our judgment of other, related traits of theirs.
For example, if someone is assertive and well-spoken, we’ll assume they’re competent and knowledgeable — even though they might not necessarily be.
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Tip #2: Prepare what you’re going to say
As Benjamin Franklin said, “ By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail ”.
Before you introduce yourself to someone, prepare what you’re going to say.
But, don’t plan and memorize every single word — it will come off as if your speech was scripted.
Instead, have a general idea of what you’re going to talk about, while also leaving room for improvisation and letting your personality shine.
Additionally, planning what you’re going to say prevents you from rambling and oversharing.
And why is this important?
Well, as harsh as it sounds, people you’re going to meet aren’t your friends — and you shouldn’t tell them your whole life story.
Also, remember that others want their turn to talk too, so try not to overpower the conversation.
Extra tips: The information you should include when introducing yourself professionally
If you’re not sure what information to include, we got you covered.
- Start with the most basic information: your name and current job title .
- In case they are not familiar with what your job title entails, you can describe what you do in a sentence or two . Often, this may be necessary. For example, everyone knows what teachers or lawyers do, but there are many new(er) job titles that people outside your industry are not familiar with, so you might have to clarify. (If I had a dollar every time someone asked me what content writers do…)
- Explain why you’re reaching out , if it’s not already obvious. You can also mention a mutual connection (if there is any) to capture their attention — e.g. “ Peter Smith from Finances gave me your email.”
- Let them know what value you can provide . The best way to be memorable and make people interested is to show how you can benefit them. This is especially true in more formal contexts, such as job interviews, where it’s crucial to let interviewers know how you can help their company and what skills and qualifications make you stand out.
Examples of good professional introductions
All put together, a professional introduction should sound something like this.
Example of an introduction at a job interview
“ Hello, my name is Samantha Johnson, and I’ve been working as a social media manager for the past 7 years. I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of your Marketing team! I’ve successfully managed many social media accounts, including X and Y, and I would love to help you grow your social media, increase your brand awareness, and improve communication with your customers.”
Since she’s at a job interview, she doesn’t need to clarify what her job title means — hiring managers should be familiar with the position and what it entails.
Then, she goes on to:
- Express her enthusiasm to work for their company
- Mentions the relevant work experience and achievements (i.e. the successful social media accounts she’s been managing)
- Describes how she’s going to provide value to the company
All of this makes an excellent introduction in a job interview.
Example of an introduction to new colleagues
When Samantha gets the job, she will introduce herself to her new coworkers in a more informal, but still professional manner:
“ Hi, I’m Samantha! I’m your new Social Media Manager — so if you see someone making TikToks in the office, that’s me, haha! I’m really happy to be a part of the team, and I look forward to working with you all. ”
Example of an introduction to a coworker to ask for a favor
If you need to ask a coworker you don’t know for a favor , you need to introduce yourself first — especially if you’re new to the company.
This makes a lot of people anxious, but it doesn’t have to be as awkward as you’d imagine it would be.
First, tell your coworker your name and what you do. Then, politely but without beating around the bush, tell them why you’re contacting them.
Don’t make the message too long — they are likely busy and appreciate a message that is short and straight to the point.
Phrases to use when introducing yourself professionally
We now know how to introduce ourselves in theory — but, let’s go over some specific phrases we can use.
Start simple, for example:
“Hi, my name is __, and I’m a [job title] at [company]”
“Let me introduce myself, I’m…”
“Nice to meet you, my name is…”
“I don’t think we’ve met before — I’m…”
When you’re describing what you do, you can stick to “ I’m [job title] at [company] ”, as we’ve mentioned above — or you can say:
“I work in [field/industry]”
“Currently, my job is to…”
“I work as a [job title], and my role is to…”
“My job is [job title], which essentially means …”
“I work as a [job title]. I’m responsible for…”
“I work with [person].”
“I’m self-employed/freelancer in [industry].”
Then, you can let them know why you’re there and/or what they can expect from you:
“I’m here to…”
“I’m reaching out because…”
For the next [amount of time], I’m going to…”
“My purpose today is…”
“I’d love to…”
Tip #3: Show interest in the person you’re talking to
If the introduction goes well, it will lead to a full-blown conversation. What are you going to talk about?
If you planned to just continue talking about yourself — well, I advise you to change your plan.
No one is particularly fond of “ me, me, me ” persons.
In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People , Dale Carnegie said: “ To be interesting, be interested .”
In other words, the best way to spark the interest of others is to be interested in what they have to say.
That’s also a good way to form an actual connection with someone, which can benefit you in many ways.
How to show interest, you may wonder?
- Listen attentively and carefully.
- Ask questions . You can do it to summarize what’s been said and make sure you understand, or you can ask follow-up questions to dig deeper and show interest in the topic.
- Have open body language (see Tip #1).
- It may sound silly, but when they’re speaking, nod from time to time . It shows that you’re engaged and following along.
- Don’t interrupt people.
- Show appreciation — e.g. “ It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for your time and your invaluable advice. Looking forward to talking to you again soon. ”
Note : At first glance, this tip doesn’t seem applicable in some contexts — like job interviews, where a conversation is more structured.
However, showing interest and asking questions is still a way to go — your questions would just revolve around a position, company culture , expectations, etc., instead of the person you’re talking to.
What NOT to do when you’re introducing yourself professionally
Is there something we have to pay attention not to do when introducing ourselves in a professional setting?
Yes, there is — for example, DON’T :
- Use the same introduction in every situation . The way you introduce yourself to your new manager would be different from the way you greet a new coworker, right? Tailor your introduction according to the occasion, level of formality , and who you’re going to meet.
- Complain and be negative . Even if what you’re saying is true, there’s a time and place for everything, and you don’t want to be remembered as a negative Nancy. If your criticism is specific and constructive, share it with the person who’s in charge of that particular thing you want to criticize (or HR).
- Check your phone every couple of minutes . You may be doing it because you’re nervous, but it comes off as rude and shows disinterest in the person you’re talking to. Even if you’re busy, you can spare a few minutes to connect with someone without interruptions.
- Assume everyone comes from the same (cultural) context as you . This is especially true if you work in a multinational company or your network is multicultural. For example, grabbing someone’s hand and giving it a firm shake is perfectly acceptable in the west, but it would make a person from Japan uncomfortable — their handshakes are much softer.
If you’re having trouble navigating cross-cultural communication in a business environment, check out our blog post:
- How to perfect cross-cultural communication at the workplace
Conclusion: When introducing yourself, preparation and amiability are key
You only get to make the first impression once.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do that can make almost everyone form a positive opinion of you:
- Have open body language, smile, and look people in the eyes
- Be well-groomed
- Prepare in advance
- Make your introduction relevant, informative, and not too long
- Show interest in other people
And, of course — be yourself. Your personality is what will make you stand out and connect with others.
Dunja Jovanovic is a content manager at Pumble, leading a team of communication authors and researchers. She has been researching and writing about communication and psychology, especially in a professional setting, since her university days. As she has been working remotely since the beginning of her career, she likes helping others not only survive but also thrive in a virtual work environment.
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How to Introduce Yourself in a Team Meeting? with Examples
Introducing yourself to a team is a great way to start building relationships with the people you work with. But sometimes that can be tricky, especially if you haven’t met your teammates yet and don’t know their names.
If you have just started working on a new job, then it is likely that you will have to introduce yourself in a team meeting at some point. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make a positive impression on your colleagues. You need to present yourself as an expert and a leader.
As a team member, you come up with amazing ideas that help the organization move forward. But when it comes to introducing yourself in a team meeting , you just don’t want to risk being judged by your colleagues. This might be because of the fear of being criticized or the fear of not living up to the expectations of everyone around you. Whatever the reason, being nervous before your first meeting can significantly reduce your chances of being heard or even noticed by others in your field!
How Do You Introduce Yourself Professionally?
The first time I introduced myself to a group of people I had just been hired with, I thought it’d be easy.
My previous jobs had been very professional and formal, so I was used to the idea of having a professional introduction speech. I usually gave a short summary of where I was from, where I went to school, and what my goals were.
The introduction went okay, but afterward, a CEO-type person asked if this was my typical introduction. When I told him it was, he laughed and said that what he liked about me was that I didn’t have a typical introduction.
Introducing yourself in a professional context can be nerve-wracking. Whether you need to introduce yourself at a business meeting or give a short speech at an event, it’s important to project confidence and speak with enthusiasm.
Think about your tone of voice. What you say is important, but so is how you say it. When introducing yourself, think of your voice as part of the presentation. If you sound bored or uninterested in what you’re saying, other people will pick up on that and not be interested either. A flat or monotonous tone will make your introduction sound boring and dull.
Speak with a confident tone that shows people you’re excited and happy to meet them.
To practice using a more confident tone, try recording yourself speaking. You can use the camera on your phone or computer to do this. This will allow you to see and hear yourself speaking — things that are hard to notice when we’re speaking without being recorded.
Here are some simple guidelines for introducing yourself in a team meeting:
- When introducing yourself in a team meeting, it’s important to make sure your colleagues understand your role within the organization.
- Next, take the time to thank the team for welcoming you aboard. Thank them for their hard work and dedication.
- Finally, offer to answer any questions that they may have about your experience or your background.
- You might even share something personal about yourself, or answer an icebreaker question as well, but make sure it’s appropriate for the setting.
- If you’re new to the organization, you may have some questions of your own about how things work there.
What To Say About Myself?
An introduction is important because it sets the tone of the conversation and helps the other person feel comfortable with you and at ease during your interactions. It also gives them an idea of how they should interact with you and what they can expect from you.
To introduce yourself, put everyone at ease and break the ice, start with a joke, point out something unusual about your hometown or name, or share an interesting fact about yourself.
Next, give a brief overview of your professional background and accomplishments.
Then, summarize your biggest strength or skill and explain how it can help the team.
Finally, explain what you’re looking forward to about the new role.
Introducing On Zoom Meeting Versus Physical Meeting
This has happened to all of us. You’re in a meeting with someone new and the floor is opened up to you so that you can introduce yourself. Your palms start to sweat, your mind goes blank and before you know it, you’ve completely forgotten what your name was.
The most important thing to remember about introducing yourself in a team meeting is to keep it short and sweet, but also informative. The best practice is to speak for no longer than one minute.
Keep it short and sweet: Don’t ramble on about your life story, no matter how interesting you think it is. Keep it relevant to the meeting at hand.
Pronounce it correctly: Make sure you pronounce your name loudly so that your co-workers know how to correctly call you by your name.
Share concise details: Explain who you are (your role), where you are from and any other information that would help people understand who you are as a person (such as interests or hobbies).
Talk about how your work fits into the bigger picture: Mention how your work fits into the broader context of the organization’s mission.
If this is a virtual team meeting, you may be able to share more personal information than if everyone were physically together in one room. The advantage of having a virtual team is that people can meet from all over the world, and learning about each other’s personal lives helps to create connections between people who might otherwise never cross paths.
When introducing yourself during a virtual team meeting, you can still use the same details that you would during an in-person meeting — just remember that some things like height or other physical characteristics are easier to identify in person than through video conferencing.
How Do You Introduce Yourself In One Line?
It can be challenging to introduce yourself in a way that makes others feel at ease. You want others to get to know you, but first, you have to break the ice.
The 3 steps to introducing yourself in one line are:
- State your name and your role
- Provide your main credentials and what you do best
- Share a little bit about you personally
Please notice that step 3 is optional. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing personal information with your coworkers, it’s okay to skip it. It’s important to be authentic, so do what feels right for you.
Formal. Introducing yourself in a formal way is always the best way to start a conversation. You can greet them with a warm hello, followed by “I’m your name from the company name . I’ll be joining you for the next 3 months as the new marketing manager”.
Informal. Having an informal conversation is fine too. You can introduce yourself with a handshake and say “Hi, I’m your name . I just joined the company today. I hope this place is going to be fun.”
How can I introduce myself in 10 lines in English?
When it comes to introductions in a team meeting, there is a line between being professional and being too personal. You want people to understand you and know who you are, but you don’t want them to feel uncomfortable about the information you’re presenting.
Here’s an example of how to introduce yourself in a Zoom team meeting:
Hello, my name is Amy. I haven’t met most of you yet, so I thought it would be nice if we had a little introduction session. To start, I’d like to say that I am really pleased and excited to have moved to New York. I dreamt of living here since I was a teenager and the time finally arrived! I look forward to meeting all of you in person and working with you on this exciting project! A bit more about me: I am from Australia. I moved here about 3 months ago and am still adjusting to living in such a big city. Before this move, I lived in Melbourne for my whole life. I studied French at university and worked as an English teacher for several years before becoming a freelance writer. I don’t easily give up on my goals, which is also one of my weaknesses. My goal in life is to become a successful person so that I can serve society and help the poor make their lives better.
So, when your time finally comes around to introduce yourself during the team meeting introduction time (or during office hours depending on the structure of your workspace ), you can lean on these tips and tricks to help you get comfortable and share your best self with your co-workers. You don’t have to memorize them—just keep them in mind so that when you want to introduce yourself in a team meeting, it will be so natural and easy to do.
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A Simple Way to Introduce Yourself
- Andrea Wojnicki
Think: present, past, future.
Many of us dread the self-introduction, be it in an online meeting or at the boardroom table. Here is a practical framework you can leverage to introduce yourself with confidence in any context, online or in-person: Present, past, and future. You can customize this framework both for yourself as an individual and for the specific context. Perhaps most importantly, when you use this framework, you will be able to focus on others’ introductions, instead of stewing about what you should say about yourself.
You know the scenario. It could be in an online meeting, or perhaps you are seated around a boardroom table. The meeting leader asks everyone to briefly introduce themselves. Suddenly, your brain goes into hyperdrive. What should I say about myself?
- Andrea Wojnicki , MBA, DBA, is an executive communication coach and founder of Talk About Talk, a multi-media learning resource to help executives improve their communication skills.
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Self Introduction for Team Meeting
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Why is learning about self-introduction for team meetings important? Introducing oneself in front of new office colleagues must be intimidating for some people. Therefore, one must inculcate the confidence and skills to introduce oneself in front of a large audience. Learning and discovering new strategies can be helpful for most people while introducing themselves .
We have curated a blog on how one can introduce themself for a team meeting. Interested candidates must read the entire article diligently till the end.
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What is self introduction, tips to follow for self introduction for team meeting, samples for self introduction team meeting.
Self-introduction means introducing oneself in front of large and small audiences with some basic details about oneself, such as name, age, occupation (if necessary) etc. People can also express their personal views and opinions while introducing themselves according to the ongoing situation.
Self-introductions can vary from situation to situation. For instance, one might have a situation at a party where they need to introduce themselves, people will share their name or anything related to the ongoing party. On the other hand, if a person is preparing himself/herself for a job interview, they would introduce themselves in a very different way such as adding information about their name, job experiences and educational qualifications etc. So one must be aware of introducing oneself in different scenarios.
Also Read : How to Ace Your Self Introduction in an Interview
There are a few basic guidelines which must be followed by everyone to make their introductions better. We have curated a list of brief pointers which will help in understanding these guidelines and make an interview go successful! Let’s discover them below.
- The first and foremost thing is to dress appropriately. For interviews or important meetings, you must always dress appropriately in formal.
- Always greet the interviewer first.
- Always speak in a professional and formal manner.
- Avoid long pauses in between while giving an introduction.
- Avoid making any grammar mistakes and speak in fluent English .
- Adding hobbies and interests to the introduction will make it a little more appealing.
- Be prepared for follow-up questions after the introduction is complete.
- A person must also state the skills and abilities they have, to ace their performance in the team.
- One must research well about the chosen company and how they can contribute to the company.
Must Read : How to Answer ‘Why Should You Be Hired for This Internship? ’
We have made some brief sample introductions for all of the students or candidates reading the blog. You can read the samples given below.
‘Hi, my name is XYZ and I have XYZ years of experience. I would like to share my previous experiences and contribute the best for the betterment of the company. My relevant experience in the XYZ field and related fields will be beneficial for the company’s growth. Pleased to meet all and excited to discover new opportunities in the company.’
‘Hi, my name is XYZ and I am working here as XYZ. I have six years of experience in the field. I am also certified in XYZ. With my skills and abilities, I can contribute positively to the environment. I am looking forward to working with you all present here.’
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There are a few things to keep in mind while introducing oneself in a team meeting. Some of them are, one must dress appropriately and in formal attire, speak fluently, greet the interviewers first, add previous job experiences and state the skills and abilities one can contribute to the team.
You must always state your skills and abilities. Share the past job experiences you have had and also how you are willing to contribute the best to the team.
Avoid making any personal comments such as religious, marital related or political related.
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How To Introduce Yourself Professionally - Follow These 3 Easy Steps
By Paola Pascual on Sep 1, 2021 11:19:44 AM
How is it possible that one of the most basic aspects of business communication is also one of the most awkward ones? We're talking about how to introduce yourself in a professional context –at a meeting, before a presentation, or meeting new clients. Perhaps you're also thinking about how to introduce yourself in interviews.
We are all able to say Hi, my name is Paola, and I am the Marketing Director at Talaera , but who are you beyond that? First impressions matter, and how you communicate in the workplace will help you have a better relationship with clients, leads, and coworkers. In this episode, you'll learn an effective way to introduce yourself professionally in 3 easy steps. You can find the transcript at the bottom.
How to introduce yourself professionally
Introductions are extremely important for your professional life. They are like your new business card. The first interaction you have with someone will impact how others perceive you, and also the relationship you’ll later have with them. Acing your introduction in office settings will give you a clear advantage.
The very first tip is to have it prepared . Don’t improvise. Have it ready for any professional situation. You can’t hesitate when you introduce yourself. So follow the steps below, write it down, practice, and make sure it’s ready and fresh for when you need it. Drop your scripted introduction in the comments and we'll tell you how you did!
A 3-step framework for professional introductions
When it comes to introductions, every case is different, and you need to understand the room. When networking, for example, introductions tend to be shorter, but in a negotiation, you usually spend more time introducing yourself and bonding with the other party. But, in general, a professional introduction should include these three parts or steps: (1) who you are , (2) what you do , and (3) what others need to know . Once you have those three, wrap it up. Don't go on and on until the end of time. Let's look at each step individually. I'll explain them in depth and provide some examples.
#1 Who you are
The very first step is to mention your name. This part is easy! You can use the below phrases to introduce yourself:
- I don't think we've met (before).
- I think we've already met.
- My name is ...
- Nice to meet you; I'm ...
- Pleased to meet you; I'm ...
- Let me introduce myself; I'm ...
- I'd like to introduce myself; I'm ...
- My name is Melanie , but you can call me Mel .
#2 What you do
The second step might sound simple, but it's actually the most important part. Usually, people say their name and their job title. But what else is there to say about you? What is it exactly that you do? The tricky part is to find the right length of your elevator pitch. You need to provide some key points your audience can hang on to without having to write an essay.
So, yes, you should still mention your job title, your company, and perhaps even your department, but also add what you really do –in plain English. It should be short, so skip the details. A sentence is enough. What’s important is that people immediately understand what you do and want to work with you.
When explaining what you do, don’t focus on tasks, focus on results . Introduce yourself with your key skills and major achievements. T alk about how you help people and be specific. If you can craft an introduction that’s focused on the results that the other person is looking for, you have it. You win. Think about the problems they may have and offer a solution. And most importantly, adjust this message according to your audience.
You can just memorize the phrases below:
- I am a [job title] at [company].
- Officially, my job is to...
- But really, I...
- It’s all about...
- Which is a fancy way of saying…
- I’m a copywriter. Officially my job is to write content for advertising. But really, I help companies tell compelling stories about their brands.
- I am the COO, which is a fancy way of saying that I make sure that the company is run in the most efficient way possible.
Grab a piece of paper and write down a few sentences using this framework. Then, select the best introduction lines about yourself. Here are some additional expressions to describe your roles and responsibilities:
- I’m a [job] at [company].
- I’m currently working as a [job].
- I’ve been with [company] since [time] / for [period].
- I work for [company].
- I work in [field/industry].
- I work with [department/person].
- I’m self-employed. / I'm working as a freelancer. / I own my own company.
- My role is...
- My responsibilities include...
- I’m responsible for…
- I make sure that... / I ensure...
- I oversee… / I supervise...
- I handle...
- I deal with...
Here's another example:
- I'm a Talent Acquisition manager. I've been working with Monsters Inc. since 2012, and my responsibilities include finding, recruiting, hiring, and retaining great candidates. It's all about making sure the team keeps growing nicely.
#3 What others need to know
The last bit of a professional introduction consists of adding other nice facts that are relevant to the people and the context. Here, you can show your contribution (what you bring to the table), and you can set the expectations for the meeting or presentation going on.
Here are some phrases you can use:
- Today, I’d like to walk you through…
- For the next 20 minutes, I’m going to explain…
- I’d like us to… and decide on a follow-up for [these other tasks]
- My purpose today is to share inside information about...
- I'll let you take the lead, but let me know if you'd like me to jump in at some point.
This should also be very brief, so you’ll want to sum it up in a sentence. And that's it! You've learned how to craft a personal introduction that's engaging and professional in 3 easy steps.
Now, it's your turn. Prepare your own introduction and remember to include all the steps we just mentioned. Number #1 - Your name . Number #2 - What you do (which includes your job title and how you help people), and Number #3 - A detail that the others need to know (what you bring to the table in that specific situation). And once you've included them, end there. As the Alice in Wonderland quote goes... "Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
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Intro Welcome to Talaera Talks , the business English communication podcast for non-native professionals. My name is Paola and I am co-hosting this show with Simon. In this podcast, we're going to be covering communication advice and tips to help express yourself with confidence in English in professional settings. So we hope you enjoy the show!
0:24 Hi, how are you today? My name is Paola and I have a question for you. How is it possible that one of the most basic aspects of business communication is also one of the most awkward ones? I'm talking about how to introduce yourself in a professional context, like at a meeting or before a presentation or meeting new clients... We're all able to say 'Hi, my name is Paola and I'm the Marketing Director at Talaera'. But who are you beyond that? In this episode, you'll learn an effective way to introduce yourself professionally in three easy steps. You can later find the transcript and more examples on our blog. So talaera.com blog, and you'll see everything there. 1:19 Now, introductions are extremely important for your professional life. They're like your business card. And we don't use business cards anymore. So it's important you get it right. The first interaction you have with someone will truly impact how others perceive you. And also the relationship you will later have with them. The very first step is - have it prepared, don't improvise, have it ready for any professional situation. You can't hesitate when you introduce yourself. You cannot say: 'Well... My name is Paola... I have two kids...' That's not professional. So follow the steps that I'm going to give you today. Write down your introduction, practice, practice a little bit more and make sure it's ready and fresh for when you need it. You can also drop your scripted introduction in the comments on the blog, and we can tell you how you did. 2:24 So when it comes to introductions, every case is different, of course, and you will need to understand the room. When networking for example, introductions tend to be shorter. But in the negotiation, you'll usually spend more time introducing yourself and bonding with the other party. But in general, a professional introduction should include three parts or steps. Number one, who you are number two, what you do number three, a detail that others need to know. Once you have those three, wrap it up, don't go on and on until the end of time. Now, let's look at each step individually. I'll explain them in-depth and provide some examples. 3:10 Starting by number one, who you are. Alright, the very first step is to mention your name. This is easy. And you can use us use the phrases that I'm going to give you now. Oh, I don't think we've met before. My name is Anna. Or if you have met them. I think we've already met. Again, remember, I'm Mel or Nice to meet you. Pleased to meet you. Let me introduce myself. I'd like to introduce myself. Or if you have a nickname, you can say my name is Melanie, or you can call me, Mel. Good. We have the first part. Easy, right? 3:55 Second one, what do you do? The second step might sound simple, but it's actually the most important and perhaps even tricky part. Usually, people say their name and their job title. But what else is there to say about you? What is it exactly that you do? The tricky part is to find the right balance or length of your elevator pitch. You need to provide some key points your audience can hang on to without having to write an essay. So yes, you should still mention your job title, your company, perhaps even your department. But you also need to add what you really do in plain English. Forget about jargon and fancy words. It should be short, so skip the details, sentences enough. What's important is that people immediately understand what you do and want to work with you. 4:57 When explaining what you do, don't focus on tasks, don't say, Oh, I do this and that and that. Focus on results. Talk about how you help people and be very specific. If you can craft an introduction that's focused on the results, and the other person is looking for you have, you would think about the problems, they may have an offer a solution. And most importantly, adjust this message, according to your audience. So you can actually just memorize the sentences I'm going to give you or phrases I am at easy. I'm a software developer at Globex Corporation, you can describe what you do in two ways you can see well, officially, my job is to, or you can just say the nice result that you get out of your job. So but really, I what it's all about, or, which is is a fancy way of saying, and here are some examples. I'm a copywriter. Officially, my job is to write content for advertising. prod is a little boring. But really, here's where it gets exciting. But really, I help companies tell compelling stories about their brands. Or another example. I'm the CEO, which is a fancy way of saying that I'm making sure that the company is run in the most efficient way possible. Or I'm a talent acquisition manager. And my responsibilities include finding, recruiting, hiring, and retaining great candidates. Again, that's the boring explanation. But then you can make it more exciting by saying, well, it's all about that's the phrase, it's all about making sure the team keeps growing nicely. And then I understand exactly what you do. I'm going to add some more of these phrases to the blog. So again, talaera.com, go on the blog, and then you'll see lots of other phrases to describe what do you do? 7:19 So we have the name, we have what you do. And now we go to the very last part, what do others need to know about you? So the last bit of a professional introduction usually consists of adding other nice facts that are relevant to the people and the context. And here, you can show your contribution, what do you bring to the table in this very specific moment. And you can also use it to set the expectations for the meaning or the presentation going on. Some of the phrases you can use are today, I'd like to walk you through, or for the next one minute, I'm going to explain. Or I'd like us to do this now and decide on a follow-up for these other tasks. My purpose today is to share inside information about this is if you were leading the meeting or giving the presentation, but if you're just part of the audience, and you were just introducing yourself, you can say well, Anna, I'll let to take the lead / the floor is yours, but let me know if you'd like me to jump in at some point. This should also be very brief. So you want to sum it up in a short sentence. 8:34 And that's it. You've learned how to craft a personal introduction that's engaging, and professional in three easy steps. Now, it's your turn, prepare your own introduction. And remember to include all the steps equipment, we just mentioned. Number one, your name. Number two, what you do. And here you should include here your job title, but also how you help people. And number three, a detail that the others need to know, like what you bring to the table in that specific situation. And once you've included all three, end here. As the Alice in Wonderland quote goes, "Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end, and then stop." And that's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna stop here. Craft your message, drop it in the comments, and we'll let you know how you did. I hope you enjoyed today's episode, and I hope to talk to you soon. Outro 9:41 And that's all we have for you today. We hope you enjoyed it, and remember to subscribe to Talaera Talks . We'll be back soon with more! And visit our website at https://talaera.com for more valuable content on business English. You can also request a free consultation on the best ways for you and your team to improve your communication skills. So have a great day and keep learning!
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