How to Introduce Yourself in English (Like a Pro)

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How To Introduce Yourself Professionally – Follow These 3 Easy Steps

How is it possible that one of the most basic aspects of business communication is also one of the most awkward ones? We’re talking about how to introduce yourself in a professional context –at a meeting, before a presentation, or meeting new clients. We are all able to say Hi, my name is Paola, and I am the Marketing Director at Talaera, but who are you beyond that? First impressions matter, and how you communicate in the workplace will help you have a better relationship with clients, leads, and coworkers. In this episode, you’ll learn an effective way to introduce yourself professionally in 3 easy steps. You can find the transcript at the bottom.

Introductions are extremely important for your professional life. They are like your new business card. The first interaction you have with someone will impact how others perceive you, and also the relationship you’ll later have with them.

The very first tip is to have it prepared . Don’t improvise. Have it ready for any professional situation. You can’t hesitate when you introduce yourself. So follow the steps below, write it down, practice, and make sure it’s ready and fresh for when you need it. Drop your scripted introduction in the comments and we’ll tell you how you did!

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A 3-step framework for professional introductions

When it comes to introductions, every case is different, and you need to understand the room. When networking, for example, introductions tend to be shorter, but in a negotiation, you usually spend more time introducing yourself and bonding with the other party. But, in general, a professional introduction should include these three parts or steps: (1) who you are , (2) what you do , and (3) what others need to know . Once you have those three, wrap it up. Don’t go on and on until the end of time. Let’s look at each step individually. I’ll explain them in-depth and provide some examples.

#1 Who you are

#2 What you do

The second step might sound simple, but it’s actually the most important part. Usually, people say their name and their job title. But what else is there to say about you? What is it exactly that you do? The tricky part is to find the right length of your elevator pitch. You need to provide some key points your audience can hang on to without having to write an essay.

So, yes, you should still mention your job title, your company, perhaps even your department, but also add what you really do –in plain English. It should be short, so skip the details. A sentence is enough. What’s important is that people immediately understand what you do and want to work with you.

When explaining what you do, don’t focus on tasks, focus on results . Talk about how you help people and be specific. If you can craft an introduction that’s focused on the results that the other person is looking for, you have it. You win. Think about the problems they may have and offer a solution. And most importantly, adjust this message according to your audience.

#3 What others need to know

The last bit of a professional introduction consists of adding other nice facts that are relevant to the people and the context. Here, you can show your contribution (what you bring to the table), and you can set the expectations for the meeting or presentation going on.

Now, it’s your turn. Prepare your own introduction and remember to include all the steps we just mentioned. Number #1 – Your name . Number #2 – What you do (which includes your job title and how you help people), and Number #3 – A detail that the others need to know (what you bring to the table in that specific situation). And once you’ve included them, end there. As the Alice in Wonderland quote goes. “Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

If you still need help to communicate effectively with other cultures, get in touch with Talaera . This article works as supporting material for our podcast episode on how to communicate better with US Americans. You can read the transcript below. Make sure you check out all our other Talaera Talks episodes and subscribe to get new episode alerts.

Example of a Student Introduction (for IELTS)

If you take the IELTS, your self-introduction may sound a little different, since the Speaking Test is structured like a conversation. Watch the video below and listen to how this top-scoring candidate from Spain introduces himself:

To the question ‘What are you studying, and do you enjoy it?’ Xavier offers not only specific details about the subject he is studying, but also his opinions about the experience:

I’m studying law and I do enjoy it, most aspects of it. But in this final year there is a lot of hard work and a lot of reading, and I cannot say that I enjoy all of this reading. But what I really enjoy is working on case studies. What I mean is discussing cases. I like to exchange ideas with people.

I want to have a career in law, but I have to decide which area to specialize in first, and then maybe study for another four or five years. I hope to specialize in environmental law, which is the law that businesses have to abide by to ensure that their practices do not affect the environment.

Other Phrases for Introducing Yourself

  • I’m based in London, but I live in New York . This phrase is used when you want to make it clear that your current living situation is temporary, or you do a lot of traveling because of your job.
  • I live in New York, but I’m originally from Lisbon . English speakers like to use this phrase when mentioning their native country or city. It’s more common than phrases like I was born in / I grew up in.
  • I’m a colleague of Jane’s . When introducing yourself in a group or at an event (like a party or a conference), it’s helpful to explain your connection to other people in the group or event. Similar phrases include: I work together with Jane / I’m Jane’s brother / Jane and I both study Chemistry at Toronto University.
  • I’m the father of two young girls . You can use this phrase if you want to say something about your family (it’s also a simple way for parents to explain why they don’t have much “free” time). Similar phrases include: I’m the daughter of two psychologists / I’m one of eight children / I’m the son of Queen Elizabeth.


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