It’s normal for young people to feel nervous when meeting new people, but there’s really no need to be.
“How to introduce yourself” is an important skill that doesn’t come naturally to most of us. With some instruction and practice, it will become a part of your children’s everyday habits.
Everyone is impressed with a young person who takes the initiative in social situations and introduces herself.
Use The Recipe for a Great Introduction and teaching your children how to introduce themselves is a breeze!
The Recipe for a Great Introduction:
1-Stand- Many people don’t realize that it’s good manners to stand when meeting and greeting someone. Standing shows respect and that you’re truly interested in the person you’re meeting and greeting. Be sure to stand with good posture.
2-Eye Contact– Looking someone in the eye when you’re meeting them is important to show that you’re paying attention and you are respectful.
3-Smile- Your smile breaks the ice and puts the person you’re meeting at ease.
4-Introduce Yourself– Now it’s time to use some words and speak. Simply say: “Hello, my name is Maggie.” or “Hi, I’m John.” or “Good morning, my name is Samantha Smith.”
5-Confident Voice– This is a very important ingredient! Speak loud enough to be heard and clearly, so you can be understood.
6-Handshake- The final ingredient! Your handshake says a lot about you. Here’s how to shake hands:
- Stand parallel to each other. Stand a comfortable distance apart.
- Extend your right hand. Have a firm, comfortable grip.
- Your elbow is like a hinge- move your arm from the hinge. Your arm should have about a 90-degree angle.
- A handshake is just 2-3 shakes and then you drop hands.
Try out these 7 steps at dinner tonight with your family. You can role play by choosing identities- pretend to be a movie star or a famous athlete. Have fun learning and practicing together.
Wishing you happy meeting & greeting-
PS) If this post was helpful, check out my FREE guide, The Busy Moms Guide to Raising Confident, Considerate, and Mannerly Kids. You’ll get my five best tips to help you teach your children good manners at home in a fun and stress-free way. Plus I’ll share simple lessons to use at home along with a few surpises.