Saw this on TheMuse.com written by Lisa B. Marshall and it reminded me of how important first impressions are. She sets up the situation that we’ve all been in – introducing yourself at a meeting:
Like you, I attend my fair share of meetings. As a consultant, I’m often meeting with people I’ve only laid eyes on for the first time just moments before and, almost always, I’m asked to introduce myself to them.
“Lisa, tell us a little bit about yourself.”
Ugh. Why is this little question so hard to answer? Perhaps because we are complicated and we’re being asked—usually on the spot—to make ourselves sound simple. Or maybe because there’s an element about it that always makes me feel like I’m supposed to be selling myself.
She gives 3 tips for making a good impression:
- Communicate your contribution (tell why you are there)
- Set yourself apart, be memorable
- Communicate culturally (be aware of where you and with whom you’re meeting)
You can read the entire article at the link below: