If you’ve ever joined an event with strangers that want to connect with you, I hope you’ll find these tips useful:
- Introducing yourself is a skill. It comes with scripting, practising, and being awkward (at first).
- The question on the test is “So, what do you do?” And the way to ace it is to plan for it.
- A good introduction should engage you, draw you in, and leave you wanting more.
- A bad introduction is a slogan, a sales attempt or an over-complicated mission statement.
- No longer than 10 seconds and 3 sentences. Being thoughtful of someone’s attention is an invisible gift.
- A useful Framework: I am a (_____) who helps (____) because (____).
- You are not limited to one introduction. Different introductions are helpful different crowds and occasions.
- Record yourself saying it. The awkwardness of the camera is just talking a stranger.
- Practice until you’re so comfortable that you can send it to a friend for feedback.
- Brainstorming is always better with more. Share this article and enrol some friends.
Here are some examples to get you started:
- I am a momtrepreneur. I help parents communicate with their kids using easy tips I had to learn the hard way.
- I’m a flexitarian chef. After overcoming all kinds of health problems, I began creating recipes for people to eat for complete wellness.
- I’m a corporate lady turned coach. My clients are all brilliant but need a little help with motivation- just like I did when I first started.
- I’m a baker, but for ideas. My goal is to help struggling entrepreneurs cultivate their great ideas.
- I’m a human behaviour hacker. I help high achievers be more memorable.
- By day, I run a tiny animation studio. By night, I have a podcast where I interview and learn from Misfits.
- I connect entrepreneur with other like-minded peers through top-secret events.
- I’m a developer in a startup that is trying to solve Singapore’s transportation problem.
- I’m a university student learning how to apply psychology to solve business problems.
- I manage a co-working space. Think of it like hotels but for offices.
There is only one first time to introduce yourself. And your first impression counts. Give the gift of a delightful introduction.