I used to be shy when I spoke French.
I had no idea what to say when I met someone new, especially in a new job.
“Bonjour, je m’appelle Christina.”
Do I say where I’m from? (so they know why I make so many mistakes with masculine / feminine in French…)
Do I talk about my job?
Do I say my age?
And what tenses do I need to use?
Do you find it difficult to introduce yourself in English?
It should be easy to say 3 lines about yourself. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else. When you introduce yourself in English, the vocabulary isn’t very complex. You usually know the words.
So it’s easy to introduce yourself in English, right?
No, not always. It’s difficult to talk about yourself.
(As Alanis Morisette once said “Isn’t it ironic?”)
Well, because you don’t always know what to include. If you’re starting at a new company, maybe you feel a little timid. And when you don’t feel comfortable, you make more mistakes. That’s normal.
Here are some typical mistakes that I hear ALL the time. All. The. Time.
“Hi, My name is Aurélie, I’m 36 years old. I’m finance manager. I work at HP since 4 years. I have two children.”
Whaaaaaat? Can you see what’s wrong with this introduction?
(If you do, tell me in the comments! We’ll see if we have the same ideas 🙂
So how do you introduce yourself in English correctly? It’s easier than you think. Let’s look.
How to introduce yourself in English in 4 easy steps
1.Your name (OK, that’s obvious…)
Start with your name and your job or your department. Simple really.
You can just say “Hi, I’m (first name) and I just started as a (job title) in the (name of your department) department.”
“Hi, I’m Bruno and I just started as a sales consultant in the marketing department.”
2. Some relevant information about you
It’s polite and friendly to give some information about yourself. Don’t want to just ask questions. Small talk is like a ping pong game. Sometimes you ask questions, sometimes you give information. You can say something about your previous job.
“Before this, I used to work as a solutions manager at Orange.”
3. More about you
We want to know more about you! Tell us how long you’ve been working in your field, for example. For this, you’ll need the present perfect continuous tense.
“I’ve been working in the telecom industry for about 12 years now.”
4. Ping pong time!*
*watch the video to understand that reference 🙂
And then, you can give the “conversation ball” back to the other person. A simple question like “What about you, what do you do?” is good if you haven’t already talked about the subject.
“And how long have you been working here?”
“And how does this place compare to other companies you’ve worked for?”
“How did you get into (the field the other person works in: finance, tourism, etc.)”
Let the conversation develop, relax, and enjoy it.
Even if you make mistakes in English, the objective is to create a connection with the other person.
You’ll see how in this week’s video lesson.
Small talk starts with introducing yourself, but it’s just the beginning!
After you introduce yourself in English, you actually have to talk about something: Your experience, your projects, your weekend, I don’t know!
That’s small talk. You talk about anything and everything!
Practice the vocabulary and expressions you need to make fluent small talk. Let me coach you! My Small Talk Conversation Coaching Program is perfect to help you feel more fluent and make conversation easier in English.
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Introduce yourself. It’s easy for you now!
Plus, you know me, but maybe I don’t know you! And I really would like to know you better.
So I’m looking forward to “meeting you” in the comments below
P.S. If you have a few doubts about your CV in English, I have a surprise for you on Thursday, but only if you’re a subscribed member of the Speak English Community. Click here to join us!
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