Updated: May 14
Introducing yourself in a professional setting can be scary. It could be a job interview, a networking event, or meeting a new client. In this lesson I will tell you some different scenarios that you can find yourself in and give lots of sentences, phrases, and vocabulary to use.
3 Key Things To Know
Different scenarios with follow up questions
Grammar quiz - Making plans
Open up each section of the class!
3 Key Things To Know
A Short Self-Introduction A good way to introduce yourself is to start with a “personal branding statement.” This is a short, concise sentence that sums up who you are, who you help and what you have to offer. For example, “I’m Charles, I’m an English teacher with a passion for helping professionals improve their communication skills.” This tells people who you are and can kick-start a conversation! For a job I’m ___, I’m a ___. I love to ___ / I’m passionate about ___ . For an entrepreneur, you can talk about who you help I’m ___ , I help ___ to ___. I help them by providing ___. Open Ended Questions After you’ve introduced yourself and learnt about the other person, ask open-ended questions. This shows that you’re interested in the other person and gives them an opportunity to talk about themselves and their work. This can also help identify common interests that you could collaborate on. Open Ended Question Examples What do you enjoy most about your job/industry? How did you first get interested in this field/industry? Share A Relevant Story Another approach is to share a relevant story or experience that highlights your skills and qualifications. For example, if you’re a trainer, you might talk about a particularly challenging client you worked with and how you helped them to reach their goals. This can demonstrate your experience and expertise and can make you more relatable and human.
In a job interview, you will often be asked to introduce yourself to the interviewer(s). This is a chance to tell them about your background, experience and future plans.
Hi I’m Charles I currently work as a ___. I studied ___ because ___. My goal is to be ___ one day. I feel that this role is ideal for me because ___.
Open ended questions:
What would make me successful at this role?
What is your favourite thing about working here?
When attending a professional event, you may need to introduce themselves to other attendees and establish new connections. This is the ideal place to have your personal branding statement. You can also mention why you are there and what you are looking for.
I’m Charles and I’m a professional English coach. I'm here to find those who want to level up their communication and those that might have complimentary services.
Open ended questions:
What brings you here?
What connections are you looking to make?
When meeting with potential or existing clients, the goal is to build rapport and trust. You can either make this quite formal if you want to have a very structured meeting. Or you can make this more casual if you are looking to build a relationship first.
“Hi I’m Charles and I help professionals to build their professional English communication skills. Today I’d like to understand the needs of your business and to show that we can help you achieve your goals.”
Open ended questions:
What was your experience like with other suppliers?
What other learning strategies have you tried to implement?
Credentials: qualifications, achievements, or experience that demonstrate a person's abilities or suitability for a particular job or role.
Portfolio: a collection of a person's work, projects, or accomplishments, often used to showcase their skills or experience.
Prospects: potential opportunities or possibilities for a person's career or business. Collaborate: to work together with others to achieve a common goal or objective.
Initiative: a new idea, plan, or project that is undertaken voluntarily or independently.
Entrepreneur: a person who starts a new business or takes on financial risk in order to make a profit.
Competency: the ability to do something effectively or efficiently, often related to a particular skill or task.
Accomplishment: a task or goal that has been successfully completed, often indicating a level of skill or expertise.
Expertise: specialized knowledge or skills in a particular field or subject.
Professionalism: the quality of conduct, behavior, or attitude that is expected of a
professional, often characterized by a high degree of competence.
4. Vocabulary quiz
Fill the gaps with the vocabulary. Use each once.
Credentials, Portfolio, Prospects, Collaborate, Initiative, Entrepreneur,
Competency, Accomplishment, Expertise, Professionalism
As an ____________, I am constantly seeking out new opportunities and taking calculated risks.
I would love to ____________ with you on a project in the future.
I brought a copy of my ____________ to showcase my design work and client projects.
I'm here to meet potential new ____________ in the industry.
My ____________ in social media marketing and analytics have helped me succeed in my current role.
My ____________ include a degree in marketing and several years of experience in the field.
I have ____________ in the field of finance, particularly in mergers and acquisitions.
____________ is a key aspect of my work, and I always strive to maintain a high level output and respect for others.
One of my greatest ____________ was leading a successful rebranding campaign for a national company.
I'm taking the ____________ to start my own business in the near future.
5. Grammar quiz
1. What _______ you say when you meet the CEO?
2. Which of the following phrases is an appropriate way to suggest making plans with someone you have met in a professional setting?
a) "Let's hang out sometime"
b) "Do you want to go out with me?"
c) "Would you like to grab a coffee sometime?"
d) "Do you have any free time?"
3. _______ you introduce yourself to John at the company party next week?
4. What _______ the new employees bring when they arrive next Monday?
5. Which phrase can you use to suggest rescheduling a plan you have made with someone?
a) "I can't make it"
b) "Do you have any other availability?"
c) "Sorry, I'm busy"
d) "Let's cancel"
6. What questions _______ I ask during the interview next week?
7. Which phrase can you use to confirm a plan you have made with someone?
a) "I'll see if I can make it"
b) "Let's touch base later"
c) "Sounds good! See you at 2 pm"
d) "I'm not sure if I'm free"
8. What is an important question I _______ ask during the panel discussion?
Let’s make contact about this again _______ March
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