Look people straight in the eyes. Eye contact is important because it shows that you care and also shows self-confidence.
It is important to keep a nice, bright smile (and fresh breathe too). Your smile is your icebreaker. It draws people to you because you will look like a happy, stable person.
A firm handshake, once again, demonstrates your self-confidence, but be sure you don’t break the other person’s arm or hand. Just a squeeze and control hand shake, you will definitely gain your confidence.
Say your name and immediately ask for theirs. Then repeat their name while saying “it’s a pleasure to meet you John” or “ nice to meet you Jane” – repeating the person’s name will help you remember their name and again, will also show you care. Make sure you introduce with both first and last names.
You may tell a little bit of your background in order to start your conversation.
- Never criticize.
- Tell your positives but don’t tell your negatives unless they ask.
- Keep a napkin or tissue nearby to avoid shaking with a sweaty hand.
- Keep your focus on the person you are meeting- give them the respect you would like to receive.
- Avoid eating anything that might stick to your teeth, like spinach.
- Take small bites of appetizers so that you never get caught with a mouthful.