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Make a proper introduction

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Make a great first impression when you introduce yourself:

Don’t mumble. Enunciate, speak at a normal pace, and talk loud enough so that the other person can hear you.

Provide your first name twice and your last name once. For example, “Hi, I’m Jane … Jane Doe,” to reinforce your first name. As you do, make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. If it’s relevant (e.g., you’re at an industry event), you can also add your title or the name of your organization.

Ensure you know the other person’s name. You’ll want to use their name throughout the discussion, so if it’s not clear to you, ask the person to repeat it. It’s better to do that than botch it later—or avoid using it altogether.

Keep it brief and light. To start a conversation, offer a brief tidbit about yourself, and then ask open-ended questions to encourage the other person to join in.

— Adapted from “How to Introduce Yourself,” Lisa B. Marshall, www.quickanddirtytips.com.

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