6 Ways To Creatively Introduce Yourself In 30 Painless Seconds
Picture This: You are at a workshop. The Facilitator announces: “Self Introductions!” She gives everyone 30 seconds. She’d like to start with… don’t freak out... you. Yes, you!
I have written so often about “How To Confidently Introduce Yourself” that this time, I have created a 20 page EBook which explains how to do it for yourself. The link to learn more and buy is at the end of this article.
Just like washing-up styles, there are infinite ways to introduce yourself professionally. Today I explain the advantages of being a Self-Intro Superstar, I share 6 creative styles to keep boredom at bay and why you should keep a few versions up your sleeve.
Ten Common Self-Introduction Mistakes
Generally, a networking Self-Intro takes between 30 and 180 seconds. About the time it takes to answer a text message or have a blood test. A brief rah, rah, rah and it’s all over.
When it’s time to introduce yourself, especially to a group, an astounding number of people begin with “umm”. That conversational filler will buy some thinking time, but really, how much time do you need to remember how to say your name in public?
- Ummm, forget to mention your name.
- Ramble and get gonged off for going overtime.
- You don’t “end” but fade away as you sink into your chair.
- Say too much too soon and overwhelm. (My downfall)
- Be mind-numbingly boring… because you are bored.
- Apologise for existing before and after you speak.
- Sound just like everyone else and be just as forgettable.
- Inappropriately list your achievements like a verbal CV.
- Launch into a high-powered selling tirade.
- Fail to explain who you are and why anyone should listen to you.
Oooh dear, are now you shrivelling up with the memory of a time you really “stuffed up” your self-intro? Or remember the compassion you felt when someone else was struggling like a butterfly on a pin in front of the group?
Advantages of Easy Self Introductions
Apart from leap tall buildings, save decimated species and your confidence as blinding as your dazzling teeth, your ability to introduce yourself creatively, quickly and memorably lets you:
- Expand your confidence to instantly feel good about yourself,
- Relax knowing you have professionally conveyed all you need to in that moment,
- Attract the right kind of clients and connections because the right people, heard you.
Why Do I Need Different Versions & Lengths?
Because every moment, every group and every situation is different.
You begin a new conversation with every self-introduction. You may spend the rest of your life or just a workshop day with those new people. How many times has a chance conversation with a stranger turned into something you really valued?
Long Term Ripple Effect
Self-introductions create potential long-term relationship ripples, yielding valuable friendship, contacts, clients and new ideas. Self-introductions mean you are out of the office. How many new people have you met lately stuck in your chair?
- 5 Seconds – yummy bites to suit informal, off the cuff moments.
- 30 Seconds – tantalising tasters to generate interest, connection and conversation.
- 60 Seconds -here is the showcasing opportunity – prepare efficiently to make effortless.
No One Size Fits All
While there are many ways to introduce yourself, here are 6 creative styles to explore. I share them with clients who pick and choose what suits them best:
- I Fix That! (shows how you fix typical client issues)
- Expert Tip (demonstrates expertise, credibility and generousity)
- Client Story (explains who your clients are and the results they achieve)
- Off The Cuff (shows confidence to casually interact and segue elegantly)
- Show Don’t Tell (enables you to speak less and creatively show what you do)
- Raving Fan Praise (demonstrates credibility and results without you over explaining)
And Here’s How
Below is a practical example of the I Fixed That! Self Intro. Depending upon the time allocated or appropriateness to the situation (because you don’t want to be weird) it’s a great one to simply explain how you fix typical client issues and thus, clearly identify what you do and who you do it for. Remember, there are many ways to personal pitch nirvana, this is just one style:
I Fix That! In 30 Seconds
“You know how when some people speak, you remember them and ask for their card, but others, you simply forget?
Well I fix that! My name is Geraldine. I’m a public speaking coach and I transform the speakers you don’t remember, into the ones that you do!!!
Work with me, if you want to be remembered when you speak!
I’m Geraldine Barkworth, chief voice, of Goddess of Public Speaking.”
And For Those Looking For Mastery…
If you want to speed up mastery of the art of easy self-introductions, you need to expand beyond just one self-intro style. Try mixing it up with Off the Cuff and Show Don’t Tell. Your listeners will thank you. You also need to know about a few other bits and pieces, namely:
- The 3 Unconscious Questions In Every One’s Mind – as in, “Why should I listen to you?”
- Understanding Your Audience – you need to customise to each unique situation.
- Your POD (Point Of Difference) – what makes you different, valuable and memorable?
- Authentic, Conversational Delivery - not too fast and not too slow.
- Confidence & Handling Nerves – generate respect, credibility and opportunity.
Become A Self-Intro Superstar – Stop Cringing – Next Step!
If you are keen to never freak again when asked to Introduce Yourself, the next step is to purchase my Ebook, “Easy Self Introductions: For People Who Loathe Networking & Introducing Themselves.” I provide examples from different occupations (such as therapist, photographer, physio, bookkeeper, solicitor, author, coach) to get your creative juices flowing. I demonstrate examples of 6 Self Intro styles, each 30 seconds in length, plus I include a few 5, 60 and 120 second versions. Naturally you can have fun plundering, mixing and matching.
There’s also exercises to help you put your own together, so you come out sounding like you, not me! It contains 20 pages of how-to notes, examples and templates.
Why have one when you can have six ways to introduce yourself? Whip ‘em out and you’ll never be caught short when a Facilitator suddenly invites you to speak first. Never freak out again.