Making Introductions by vww89216


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                                                 Making Introductions
                              First Impressions Are Often Lasting Impressions

You probably bring friends home with you from time to time. It is important to introduce
them to the rest of your family. This is a way of letting your friends and family know that
you want everybody to know and be comfortable with each other. They help us make
friends and let others know that we think they are special. We also neet people in school
and at parties. You’ll feel good about meeting people by leaning to make introductions and
by knowing how to start a conversation with others.

Meeting New Friends...

Help make others feel as though you’re truly glad to meet them. Here are six helpful
guidelines to follow...

          1. Always stand. This tells the other person that they are important. It also show
          2. Always smile. A smile puts others at ease and says “I’m glad to meet you.”
             You’ll be amazed at the difference a smile makes.
          3. Always look the other person in the eye. This shows interest and confidence.
          4. Always shake hands...Firmly. It’s a way of making contact and showing
             friendship. Some handshakes can be limp. Others seem as though people
             are arm wrestling. Avoid either extreme. Make your handshake a friendly on.
          5. Always listen carefully and get the name right. Our name is one of our most
              important possessions. If you don’t hear the other person’s name clearly,
             simply ask to have it repeated.
          6. Always greet them with their names. Everyone likes to hear their name. Say
             it clearly and show your new friends that you care enough about them to learn
             their names.

Introductions are easy to do. Just follow these basic rules...

          1. When introducing a girl or woman to a boy (man), mention the girl’s name first.
             For example, “Karen, this is John.”

          2. Say something about the people you are introducing. For examples, “Karen,
             this is my classmate John Smith.”

 Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.
        3. When introducing your mother, father, or any other adult to your friends, always
           mention the adult’s name first. “Dad, I’d like you to meet Mary. We’re in the
           same class at school.” Your parents are interested in you and like to meet your
           friends. Both your parents and your friends will feel better if you introduce them

        4. Every introduction should be acknowledged by both persons. A good reply is
           to say simply, “Hello” or “How are you?” This may be followed by a friendly
           comment to start a conversation.

        5. After being introduced, people usually shake hands. Men are often more in
           the habit of shaking hands than women, but not always. Handshaking is a
           tradition in our society and you should learn to do this comfortably.

If you forget a name in making an introduction, don’t worry. Anyone can have this
experience. Just say, “I’m sorry, your name has slipped my mind.” Then the person you
are introducing will say his or her name, and you can complete the introduction.

Sometimes we know other people, but we’re not sure they know us. Be thoughtful. Simply
say, “Hello, Kathy, my name is Ashley Smith.”

If you’re at a party or in a new class at school and find that you don’t know someone, you
can introduce yourself. For example, “I don’t believe we have met. I’m Mary Johnson.”
The other person should then reply, “How do you do, Mary. I’m Sherrie Anderson.” If the
other person does not give his/her name, you can say, “What is your name?”

Introductions are easy if you make them often. Practice!

Starting A Conversation...

After an introduction, it’s helpful to remember some questions that will help to start

        •   “Where do you live?”
        •   “How long have you lived here?”
        •   “What school do you attend?”
        •   “Are you involved in sports?”
        •   “Do you have any brothers and sister?”
        •   “What music do you like to listen to?”
        •   “What do you enjoy doing on weekends?”

Can you think of some other questions to ask someone that you just met?

Linda Reece Adler, M.A.
Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings
11/98 Disk: K.I.C.K.S [Making Introductions, wpd]


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