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Impress with a strong introduction

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Make a great first impression by refraining from the following when you introduce yourself:

Starting with “Hello, my name is …” Reveal your confidence by making direct eye contact, offering a firm handshake and simply stating your name.

Sharing too much about yourself. You want to engage in a conversation, so don’t offer up everything at once. You can quickly mention your title and company, but then ask other people questions and let them take the lead.

Don’t rush. If you don’t have the time to talk, don’t introduce yourself. Be prepared to listen and carry on a conversation. Never look at your watch or phone; instead smile, nod and show interest.

— Adapted from “What Leaders Never Do in Networking Intros (And You Shouldn’t Either),” Avery Blank, Forbes, www.forbes.com.

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