Modern Etiquette: How to impress, or fail, in work introductions

Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:56am EDT
 
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By Pamela Eyring

WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - One of the most common business needs is one that many of us often stumble over and even fear -- making introductions.

I'm not talking about formal, behind-the-podium introductions but rather face-to-face introductions between you, colleagues, clients, and superiors.

While it may seem simple on the surface, very few people, including high-level executives, know how to make a correct introduction.

This simple lack of understanding always surprises me as introductions set the tone for the future of a budding business relationship. Done well, an introduction can serve to reassure a prospective partner or client that they are dealing with a seasoned professional.

But if it's botched, an introduction might also serve as your final sign off.

By following these simple dos and don'ts of introduction, you'll put yourself in a good light and those you're introducing at ease.

DO:

- Always introduce yourself, whether it's a chance meeting for a few seconds or a business dinner lasting several hours. When you introduce yourself first you establish control of the meeting or encounter, demonstrate initiative and an ability to be direct - all plusses in a business situation.   Continued...