How you introduce yourself at business networking events is crucial for making a good impression on potential partners or clients, however it is often a stumbling block for many people who have only prepared a formal presentation. This is often where many good business relationships begin as the path to success starts here. Natural conversation with people you don’t know is one of the most difficult areas to master in communication, and even more so when the language used is not your mother tongue.
Here are some important guidelines for you:
1. Always introduce yourself at business networking events by saying your name and surname.
Example: Hi there, my name is Conchi, Conchi Fuentes, I’m the Managing Director of Linking English.
2. Have an effective networking opener – an opening statement that shows your passion and drive in what you do. Focus on “WHY” you do what you do.
Example: I have been teaching English for many years and I realised that people spend years learning English but they are not able to communicate effectively, much of this stems from a lack of confidence. There is a strong demand for good English communication skills and this is something that has been overlooked in traditional teaching. So I started my own company to provide effective English training based on good communication rather than perfect grammar.
3. Give a brief example or anecdote of this passion in your recent accomplishments.
Example: The most important factor of good communication is not to focus only on language. Only 7% of communication is based on spoken language (based on words). The rest is verbal and non-verbal. So why are we obsessed with perfecting a language when much of what we want to communicate is not language based. In fact, we should pay a lot more attention to body language, sounds and intonation, as this could lead to a very negative interpretation if not used correctly.
4. Have a closing statement that invites others to enter the conversation. This could be a question or a statement that lets others continue the conversation.
Example: I love my work and I love connecting with people around the world. I love helping people to feel comfortable speaking English and enabling them to enjoy the potential of good communication. Technology gives us access to the world, the rest is up to you…
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