We’ve been going to a lot of parties and weddings lately. I’m a people-watcher and love to notice how different people interact. (Not in a creepy way. I just pay attention to the little things.) For some, meeting-and-greeting comes naturally. For others? Well, not so much.
Want to hear an interesting etiquette tip? When you’re introducing people, as well as stating each person’s name, add a piece of information about something they’ll both be interested in talking about. That way, it will help them connect and pursue a conversation!
“Hey Charlie. This is Sarah, my colleague from work. [Pause for pleasantries.] Sarah’s daughter just returned from Spain after a semester of the ‘Study Abroad’ program. Charlie, wasn’t your daughter thinking of enrolling in the program?”
Also, you should always state the person’s name first and their relationship to you second.
Wrong: “This is my colleague from work, Sarah.”
Right: “This is Sarah, my colleague from work.”
By doing so, you spotlight the person — not their connection to you. It’s a small thing, but it makes a huge difference!
What do you think?