Beginnings can be awkward

Self introductions are key when you want to stand out from your competitors. You need to introduce yourself in a way that is short, informative, and memorable. For traditional advice on what to do, check these helpful links at Indeed and Naukri.

The advice at those sites will lead you to a fairly lengthy self introduction. As result, you may need a shorter version to get things started.

Only 4 sentences

For a short, 4-sentence approach, you should consider the following steps:

  • Sentence 1. Start with a polite greeting (very easy.).
  • Sentence 2. State your name (the easiest).
  • Sentence 3. Describe a relevant personal link between you and your conversational partner. This could be a shared interest, goal, or acquaintance. As you can imagine, you may need to give this some advance thought.
  • Sentence 4. Then, create some expectations for your relationship. What could happen? Where could your connection lead? What are some benefits for the other person?

Some examples

Here are some of my 4-sentence self introductions:

  • “Hello. My name is Warren. I’m a fan of conversation and cappuccinos. Let’s get a coffee and chat.”
  • “Hi. My name is Warren Eaton. I believe we share an interest in standing out from the crowd. If so, you may like my online course, The Nobody’s Guide to a Personal Web Presence.”
  • “Good day. My name is Warren. I once was a new parent like you. I have some baby milestones information that you could find useful and reassuring.”

If you’re a fan of the Princess Bride movie, you may recognize the source for this 4-part framework — Inigo’s Montoya’s brief and forceful self introduction.

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

There’s a whole story in those 13 words.

What you should do

Self introductions feel awkward — at least to me. Nevertheless, use Indigo’s 4-sentence model, and you’ll have something to say to begin that interview or meeting.

Plan some some different versions. Practice them — many times, out loud, and in front of a mirror. Then try them on friends and family members. Then you’ll overcome that awkward, but important, beginning.