It’s adorable when kids label you. “Hi, Sarah’s mom!” “Bye, George’s piano teacher!” “Hi, Grandma’s mailman!” It’s not adorable when adults try it. “Carla! Have you met Volunteers A Lot Mom?” It just sounds bad. Which explains why a lot of us stand around not introducing one another.
Believe it or not, silence sounds worse. So says executive presence and leadership consultant Lisa B. Marshall, author of “Smart Talk: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success in Every Situation” (St. Martin’s Griffin).” Always introduce,” Marshall said. “Introducing others is about respect and making the situation more comfortable. Otherwise you leave someone standing around not wanting to interrupt.”
Here are Marshall’s tips:
Marshall added, “If you’re introducing the new intern, you wouldn’t say, ‘Hey, CEO. Here’s the new intern.’ You would say, ‘Intern, let me introduce you to the president of the company.’” Except you wouldn’t call her Intern.
“Chances are,” Marshall said, “one of the people is standing there thinking, ‘What did she just say his name was? Oh, there it is again. Phew.’”