What happens if the person you’re with fails to introduce you to someone else?

Should you:

  1. Say, “I’m really sorry ______________ is so rude!  My name is ______________.
  2. Ignore it, keep your head down low and scroll busily through your phone
  3. Look around for someone else to talk to … ”anyone, anyone, Bueller?”
  4. None of the above

If you answered 4. You get a gold star🌟.

Here’s what to do.

Wait about 5 seconds (or take the first available moment) and introduce yourself.

Script: “Hello, (their name), my name is _____________.  It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

Here are the top reasons why someone might fail to introduce you:

  1. Embarrassment and lack of confidence/shyness.  Sometimes people do not know or understand how to take the lead when giving an introduction
  2. The pressure of trying to remember names on the spot
  3. Incorrectly assuming people already know each other
  4. They are so engrossed in conversation they forget that other people in the group are waiting to be included
  5. Distraction, lack of concentration, and let’s face it, everyone is in a hurry these days

Introduction fumbles happen. The act of “meeting & greeting” takes initiative and requires you to put yourself out there, front and center.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes lead to social blunders and bloopers.  The best way to avoid this is to take the time to gather your thoughts.

Regardless, remember to have compassion, don’t be offended, and take the fumbled introduction in stride.

The etiquette of knowing how to give a proper introduction is not just about whose name should be mentioned first. It is also about taking the time to make those in your company feel at ease and to welcome them to the conversation.

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