Meeting and Greeting
Are you comfortable and confident in meeting people for the first time? What about if it’s the second or even the third time and you don’t recall their name? What’s the proper thing to do?
Sometimes I sit back and observe how people approach each other, how they greet each other, and how they initiate conversation.
I observe facial expressions and body language. It does not matter whether a person is 6 years old or 60 years old, one can learn how to meet and greet with poise and confidence. Allow me to share with you a couple of observations along with some tips that you easily incorporate into your introduction style, putting you in the comfort zone.
Many people experience a great deal of trepidation when meeting new people or when faced with new situations. I understand that, but let me put you at ease. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings. Yes, we have different roles, we come from different walks of life, and have had different experiences, some good, some not so good. Whatever our differences, we are human; we breath, walk, talk, eat, sleep, get dressed, and have the same bodily functions as the next person. I heard a speaker once say that the way to stay at ease is to picture your audience naked…Wow! I don’t recommend that because you might break out into a belly-laugh.
This does not mean that your fear or anxiety will instantly go away. So, until you get to the comfort zone, here are three tips to help you get through Phase I:
- Take a deep breath. This will help you to relax.
- I didn’t say grin, just a pleasant smile. When you smile, genuinely smile, your eyes light up, you appear more friendly and inviting.
- Say hello and say your name. You might be surprised that many people do steps 2 and 3 really well, and then leave it up to the other person to ask for their name!
- Extend your hand to a handshake. I’ll talk about the handshake at another time. That’s a whole lesson in itself.