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  1. Meeting New People Creating Positive Impressions: Common & Business Etiquette Leadership Revision Committee May 2007

  2. Objectives • What are the benefits of meeting new people? • What skills are beneficial when meeting new people?

  3. What are benefits of meeting new people? • Makes you feel at eased and welcomed • Allows you to introduce yourself and others • Allows you to learn about people • Names • Interests

  4. What are benefits of meeting new people? • Enables you to discover what you have in common • Changes how others perceive you • Enables you to make new friends

  5. What are benefits of meeting new people? • Makes others feel valued and worthy • Is the right thing to do

  6. What skills are beneficial when meeting new people? • Eye contact • Signals interest • Look people in the eye • Don’t look around the person or at something specific such as clothes, hair, etc. • Hold eye contact for 2-3 seconds before you look away

  7. What skills are beneficial when meeting new people? • Handshake • Should be firm, but not too strong • Stand up to shake hands • don’t hold on too long or too little

  8. What skills are beneficial when meeting new people? • Etiquette • Have clean hands for handshake • Stand up when you meet someone • Avoid slang, vulgarity, rude comments or bias • Don’t interrupt a conversation just to meet someone • Smile • Be sincere • Don’t gossip

  9. What skills are beneficial when meeting new people? • Appearance • Make an effort to look nice when you will be meeting people • Repeat names • To make sure you heard it correctly • To help you remember

  10. What skills are beneficial when meeting new people? • Self-introduction • Include your name • Where you’re from • Why your there • Listen