Memorial Day. Official start of summer. It seems I meet more new people in the summer than any other season – either on vacation or at someone’s party. There’s just an easy way of mixing people together in summer.
This casual environment is a perfect time to try out different ways of introductions. I wrote about a fairly formal way to create a WOW introduction in a post on summer networking tips. You should prepare this type of introduction for any networking event related to work. It will give you clarity and confidence in what’s often an awkward setting.
For summer parties, try this fun, casual way.
Rather than a straight-forward introduction of names, add something personal about yourself or the person you are introducing. How you met, what you like about the other person, how you know the host, a role or persona you’ve been wanting to try out. Anything to make it more personal and fun.
It works perfectly when introducing your friends who don’t know each other. Actually, it would work quite well at any casual work gathering too.
I recently tried this out with friends and it was quite fun. And a real conversation starter.
I invited 2 people who didn’t know each other to join me at a crafts fair. When introducing, I said – “Mary, this is Linda, who was my next door neighbor when I moved into a rental house immediately after my divorce and in desperate need a new friend – 2 houses and 8 years later we’re still great friends. And Linda, this is Mary who I became fast friends with when she recently returned to her family homestead after living away for 25 years and was looking for new friends.”
It immediately started a big conversation on the value of girlfriends especially when starting over.
Give it a try! It’ll put you at ease and give you something to talk about right away. And if you are still planning your summer get-away, check this post about Why We Need Awe Inspiring Experiences. Go do something awesome. What better time than your summer vacation.
Diane, The Midlife Woman’s Career Coach
Diane Howell Topkis is the author of the Career Clarity ebook series. Diane works with midlife women to gain the clarity and confidence to reinvent or re-energize their career into meaningful work for their next chapter. Please visit www.YourNextChapterNOW.com to receive your free workbook Find Your Career Passion.
In her non-work time, Diane wrote three Tasting Journals to take on her weekend and vacation tasting adventures – Wine Travels, Craft Spirits and Craft Beer. They are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.