Knowing the rules of good business and social etiquette it important. In leadership, we do a lot introducing, however, I just read that most people are uncomfortable with introductions because they do not know the proper way to do it. So, here it is in nutshell.
Your role in introducing people is to clarify the basics of who each person is and any relationship they have to you.
WHO IS INTRODUCED FIRST ?
You want to use the name of the person who has the greater rank or authority of the two people you are about to introduce first.
- Your Board Chairman is introduced to a prospective new board member.
- Your Medical Director to the new Nurse Manager.
- Your donor to a staff member.
WHAT DO I SAY IN A FORMAL INTRODUCTION?
- “May I present”
- “I’d like to introduce”
- “Have you met”
WHAT DO I SAY FOR AN INFORMAL INTRODUCTION?
- “Debbie Smith, Beth Chase”
- Using first names only is also fine. “Debbie, Beth”
WHAT NOT TO DO
In both a formal and informal introduction do not reverse the introductions.