Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Being able to introduce yourself in a professional, positive matter is crucial not only the business world, but for any field. This is a potential employer or client's first impression of you and also where they notice how you can keep a conversation going. There are a few important things that I have learned throughout my entrepreneurial and design experience:
1) Be yourself. The only way that people are going to understand you is if you be yourself. Do not pretend to be someone that you are not, it can be noticeable. If you have a sense of humor, put some of that into your conversation in a professional way when you introduce yourself and have a conversation. People don't always like tense and rigid introductions, it could be something that makes you stand out over someone else.
2) Ask the person you are networking with about themselves before you tell them about you. This is a great way of learning how the person you are networking or communicating with thinks and how they introduce theirselves. It can let you determine how you are going to present yourself to them after they are done speaking. If you do this over and over again, you get to see how other professionals present themselves and it becomes a learning experience for you to get better at it yourself.
3) Keep your introduction to about 30 seconds If you go on and on about yourself without letting the person you are networking with speak within the conversation, the potential employer is going to get bored and annoyed quickly. Practicing an elevator pitch is a great way of learning how to do this. Introduce yourself, what you do, and how you might be an interest to them.
4) Drive them into the conversation. Make the potential employers ask you questions after your elevator pitch. Your introduction is going to be successful if you leave them with a cliff hanger. Make them want to know more about you and what you are capable of. The goal is to make them want to know more about you and how you might be an interest to their business.