When you meet someone new, what is the first thing you do?
You introduce yourself!
Easy, right? After all, it is one of the basic things you learn in school.
But every week, I meet new students who do not know the “rules” for introducing themselves in a real conversation.
Their introduction is almost always similar to this:
“Hi, I’m José, I’m 44 years old. I’m from Madrid. I’m an engineer. Uh… I have a son. He’s 13 years old. Um… I’m married. I work in my company for 9 years. Um… That’s all.”
That introduction does not sound natural…
In fact, it sounds like a classroom introduction! Not good if you are at a conference, networking event, or just meeting your new American neighbor for the first time!
I can clearly see that José is not confident. He feels uncomfortable because he does not know how he should introduce himself. (But I’m a good teacher, so I will gently help him improve 😉
Feel confident from the start: Introduce yourself naturally
Last week, I showed you that you can learn to be confident in conversations in English.
And today, I show you how to change the way you introduce yourself, so you know what is expected in everyday conversations.
This is a very practical lesson that you can use in both professional and personal situations to start a conversation confidently. You will be sure that you are doing the right thing!
Specifically, you will learn:
- Key vocabulary: How to naturally talk about your job (and ask about the other person too!)
- The “ping-pong conversation strategy”, that reduces stress for you, and makes the conversation more enjoyable for everyone
- How to use the “little” expression “Basically” to sound more like a native speaker
- Why Americans easily talk to everyone (and how you should react if a stranger starts a conversation with you!)
After you watch this special lesson, come over to the blog, and share with me:
What is another conversation situation that is difficult for you?
Let me know in the comments on the blog, and I will help you solve that problem!
And next time, we will see how you can choose the conversation topics, so you are sure to have vocabulary and feel comfortable.
See you then,
P.S. If you want the slides from the video lesson, click here to get them!
And I have another free gift for you: 3 practical activities to help you learn and personalize what you learned in the lesson. Have fun!
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