Essentially, you are a product of your life experiences and upbringing. You are valuable to many people and companies, and you need to communicate just how valuable you really are.
This is done through introducing yourself to people, and I don’t mean just saying “Hello, my name is XYZ.” Introducing yourself is more than what you say. It is almost entirely how you say it.
1. You have to sell yourself.
Like I said, you are a product, and like every product, you need to be sold. What is your strategy? What are your selling features? You need to give people a reason to listen to you, because I know you have very interesting things to say.
So, how do you get people to listen to you? You make a good first impression. Introduce yourself in such a way that people want to learn more about you.
2. Dress accordingly.
Before any big job interview, people give this advice: Dress for the job you want. My advice? Don’t. Dress better. This can be applied to any meeting where you introduce yourself. Whether a date or a job interview, look better than they expect you to.
Maybe we don’t want to admit this, but it’s absolute reality: We are human beings and are attracted to physical appearances. Now, don’t fret. This doesn’t mean you have to look like a model! But you have to think like a model.
You know how you feel when you put on a brand new outfit? That’s what we like to call confidence. And confidence goes a long way when you introduce yourself. If you look good, you impress the people you introduce yourself to, and you feel good too.
3. Confidence is key.
As the previous point states, you need to be confident. If that means wearing that bold shade of red lipstick that you love so much, then do it. Whatever it takes to make you feel confident in not only yourself, but in your skills, you need to do it.
I was once told in a job interview that although I didn’t necessarily have the work experience they were looking for, for that particular job, they would be willing to put in the time and money required to train me because I was so confident in myself and my skills. Don’t fake it ’til you make it, fake it till you become it.
If you go out with somebody that you think is “out of your league,” think again. Believe that you are exactly who they are looking for, and your personality and confidence may just convince them of that as well. Some of us don’t know what we want until it’s sitting right in front of us.
4. Be a friendly face and smile when you introduce yourself.
Whether you go on a job interview or a hot date, show those pearly whites! A smiling face is known to calm down not only yourself, but the person sitting across from you. A calm environment is always a great way to get to know somebody.
Always introduce yourself with a smile, because it implies a warm presence.
5. Relax—you’re a total catch!
Just a friendly reminder that you’re a wonderful human being, okay? You are your worst critic, I swear. Anybody would be lucky to spend time with you, so don’t forget that when you’re wondering how to introduce yourself to people.
Stop freaking out, because if they don’t like you—they’re missing out, not you. Remind yourself that if this interaction doesn’t go well that it’s okay. There will be other interactions in your lifetime that will work out for the better. Some people just don’t mesh together, don’t force it.