CONNECTING PEOPLE –
Are you a CONNECTOR? Connecting people in your network with each other, whether via email or IRL, can create valuable opportunities for everyone involved, especially if you do it correctly!
Do you know the ETIQUETTE OF MAKING CONNECTIONS? This week we focus on:
- The “do’s & don’ts” of introducing two people
- Your 5-step script for introducing people
Let’s do this!
DO’s & DON’Ts for CONNECTING PEOPLE
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If it’s online
- DO ask both parties first. Send a quick email. “There’s someone I’d really like you to meet. Do you mind if I send you both an email so you can get connected?”
If it’s IRL
- DO stand up. Get out of your chair, even if they say it isn’t necessary. This goes for whether you are making the introduction or if you are being introduced.
Regardless of the context
- DON’T forget titles and last names if the introduction is formal, professional, or public.
- DO introduce a lower-ranking person to a higher-ranking person. DO say the higher-ranking person’s name first. (More on “ranking people” in this week’s podcast episode)
- DO provide relevant context that will encourage them to start talking.
- DON’T hog the conversation. Stand back and let them talk.
CONNECTING PEOPLE – Your 5 Step Script for Making Introductions
1️⃣ Say the name of the ‘higher-ranking’ person
- The higher-ranking person is the boss, the eldest, the client or customer, the guest…
2️⃣ Say “I would like to introduce”
- or “please meet” or “this is,” etc.
3️⃣ Say the name of the ‘lower-ranking’ person.
- The lower-ranking person is the subordinate, the younger, the employee or service provider, the host…
4️⃣ Provide context.
- At work, context could be titles and responsibilities.
- It could also include how you know each of them, what they have in common
5️⃣ Stand back and let them talk.
- Get out of the way. Your job is done!
Now you’re a PRO on Introductions!
That’s it for this week! Please forward this email to your friends who might like some help with connecting others or with other communication skills-related topics. Thank you!
As always, if you have any feedback or 💡ideas, please let me know. I ❤️love hearing from you!
Have a great week.
Dr. Andrea Wojnicki
Chief Talker & Communication Coach
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