Have you ever walked into a room where you didn’t know anyone?

Maybe you knew one person, but they were too preoccupied to recognize you felt like the odd one out? We’ve all been in this type of situation at least once.

It probably went like this:

You’re invited to a get-together by your old pal James. As soon as you arrive, he waves you over to join him and his group of friends. Without much further ado, James continues his conversation about the most recent sports game. You want to know everyone’s name but are reluctant to interrupt the flow of the conversation.

What if instead, it went like this:

You’re invited to a get-together by your old pal James. As soon as you arrive, he waves you over to join him and the group. James sees the out-of-place look on your face as he realizes you don’t know anyone. With a few simple introductions, you begin learning each name, feel your outsider discomfort dissipating, and are now making connections of your own.

Introductions are more than just matching a face to a name. They provide opportunities to put your best foot forward and ignite meaningful connections.

Here’s What the Pros do

  • They take the initiative.
  • They know how to put friends and colleagues at ease because they have mastered the art of giving proper introductions (a younger person to a more senior one, a non-official person to a person of rank or title).
  • They know the power of their presence. Anytime someone enters a room, an “introduction pro” will automatically rise, stand, and greet.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your introductions with thoughtful lead-ins.

  • Do both people own a German Shepherd? Bring it up in your introduction.
  • Do they both watch the same TV show religiously? Make a deeper connection by remembering something about each individual.

Thoughtful connections and friendly courtesies are the foundation of successful relationships—both social and professional.