Have you ever stood there uncomfortably with someone you haven’t met, unsure how to break the ice and introduce yourself?
Nobody should have to go through that, even kids. The good news is that manners and etiquette are coming to the rescue! It’s really easy to introduce yourself to someone and there’s not a lot to remember.
Watch this short video for a quick manners how-to!
For those of you unable to watch a video right now (Watch it later! It’s great!), here’s the scoop on how to introduce yourself with proper etiquette:
I’ve boiled it down to five simple S’s: Stand, Smile, Say, Shake, and Say
The 5 Steps to Introduce Yourself
Here’s what they mean:
1. Stand Up!
If you’re sitting down and someone approaches to meet you, stand up to greet the person if you’re able. That way you aren’t awkwardly staring at their middle. This also makes the next steps easier.
Smiling is one of the best tools we have — it immediately puts people at ease. It’s also good manners to look a person in the eye!
3. Say Your Name
Practice this one — say your name loudly and clearly. I hate it when I don’t catch someone’s name because they mumbled it. The worst!
4. Shake Hands
Shake hands with the person you’re meeting. Here’s how: etiquette dictates that your hand shake is always right hand to right hand (even if you’re a lefty). It should be a firm grip — but not too firm. You’re trying to introduce yourself, not make the person cry! The palms fit together, the fingers curl around the side of the hand and the thumbs lay across the top of the hand.
5. Say Something Pleasant
Say Something Pleasant — A simple, “nice to meet you” or “I’ve heard nice things about you” works like a charm to break the ice.
And that’s it! Super simple etiquette, but super-important when meeting someone new.
You can practice your shiny new manners with a family member or in the mirror. Soon you’ll be able to introduce yourself like a pro in no time!
If you like this, be sure to check out more of our Polite Kids 101 materials. They make it really easy to teach your kids what they need to know about manners and etiquette!
I think the hardest part can be remembering the other person’s name. Got any tips? Please share them in the comments!