Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chris Brogan Gives Good Advice on Introducing Yourself to New People

Walking up to someone you haven’t met before at a conference or reception (as opposed to walking up to someone you know slightly – see my June 7th blog) and introducing yourself can be very intimidating. Yet, if you’ve come to a conference or reception to meet people, that’s the name of the game.

Chris Brogan’s June 11th blog post on this subject is quite interesting (don’t let the post title throw you):

Read his post and perhaps the numerous comments to it. There’s a lot of good advice for how to introduce yourself with confidence.

Here’s the comment I left on this post:

“It’s very helpful to switch from focusing on yourself to focusing on the other person. Instead of wanting to get in information about yourself, I think it’s better to establish rapport by getting the other person to talk about himself/herself. This happens by asking an appropriate (not rude) open-ended question that can’t be answered by a simple yes or no.

“If you get the other person talking about himself/herself, eventually you will be able to talk about yourself. And if you get interrupted before that time, you can always send a follow-up email saying how much you enjoyed speaking with the person — and then slip in something appropriate about yourself.”

Leave a comment on Chris’ post or here on what you think of the suggestions.

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Chris Brogan said...

I'm really glad it resonated with you, Phyllis. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I realize that it was a racy title. : )