Social Etiquette: How to Make Introductions with Confidence
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Social Etiquette: How to Make Introductions with Confidence

How to make introductions with confidence

The art and skill of making introductions today is less rigid than in the past. Often times this social grace is overlooked. Whether in social or business situations, failing to make an introduction is a faux pas and should be corrected as soon as it is noticed. Why are introductions so important? Introductions make others feel comfortable, at ease and the “introducer” appears more polished. Learning to make introductions is a skill needed in both social and professional situations; knowing how to properly introduce yourself and others will set you apart from most.

This skill requires learning a few basic rules; once you have mastered it, no one can take it away from you.

A basic rule to remember about making introductions is: gender and age (I grew up in the South therefore IÂ’m including age) determines who is introduced to whom in social situations. Whereas, in business rank not gender or age determines who is introduced to whom.

Example Social: The man is introduced to the woman

"Bridget Lee, I would like to introduce James Tilley".

Notice that the man's name is mentioned last.

Example: Older person to a younger person

“Aunt Lilley, I would like you to meet my boyfriend, Keith”.

You may want to include want to include a little something about your aunt such as “Keith, Aunt Lilley is my dad’s youngest sister.”

The oldest (more mature) person receives the younger person.

Example business:

---Senior ranking officer to junior ranking person

The senior ranking person receives the junior ranking person. The lesser ranking person is introduced to the senior ranking person.

The senior ranking person's name is stated first:

"Mr. President, this is Donna Smith, our Human Resources Manager."

The highest ranking person, (whether female or male, young or mature) is mentioned first.

Guidelines for determining Importance

???Senior Executive to Junior Executive (example above).

??Your Boss to a client. Your client is always more


"Mr. Client, I'd like to introduce, president of U-R-VALUED,

Eric Burhenn,”

If you usually address your client by his/her first name, it is appropriate to introduce him/her using the first and last name for example, “Dorothy Jones, I would like to introduce, president of U-R-VALUED, Eric Burhenn”

---Governing Official to a citizen. “Mr. Mayor, may I

introduce Mr. Joe citizen?”

???Two persons with the same rank.

Introduce the person you are less acquainted with to the one you are more

acquainted. Ex. Jean Keller (works with you) and Greg Byers

(Huntsville's office) are senior executives. Your introduction will go something

like this:

"Jean Keller, I'd like to introduce Greg Byers. Greg is Senior Executive in our Huntsville's office."

???Introduce a younger person to a more mature (older) person.

"Mrs. Fifty, I'd like to introduce Mrs. Forty." (social setting)

"Ms. five years co?worker, I'd like to introduce Mr. two years co?worker."

???Introduce a co?worker to a client or a worker from another company:

“Client, I'd like to introduce Ms. Co?worker.

???Introduce a party guest to the guest of honor.

"Mr. Guest of Honor, may I introduce Mr. Party Guest".

Whether in business or social situations, you always want to stand when you are making introductions are being introduced. Phrases such as “I would like to introduce” or “may I introduce” may sound too formal in social situations, choose words that you make you feel comfortable and show respect for others. Professional situations will require more formality.

Practice making introductions as often as possible, as a reward for your persistence you will feel more at ease and appear polished in all situations.

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good teaching resources. I wonder if you have any classroom activities for oral English teaching.