How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese: All You Need to Know
Sure, if you’ve ever done a Chinese language course, you’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time learning how to introduce yourself in Chinese. But if you were to meet a Chinese for the first time at this very moment, would you be prepared to speak about yourself in a natural, convincing way? Probably not.
Let’s face it. You have to deal with awkwardness, nervousness, and shyness. Not to mention that the pressure feels much higher when you’re supposed to introduce yourself in a foreign language like Chinese. But fear not! This article will help you get off to a good start with your new Chinese friends, associates, and acquaintances by hitting all the introduction marks and coming up with neat sentences for your very first Chinese self-introduction.
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Tips to introducing yourself in a meeting
1 Share your background
First and foremost, the people you’re meeting want to know who you are. Share your name, department, role, and any applicable background information. In smaller group settings, you can even take your introduction to the next step and share some fun facts, an unpopular opinion, or recommend a favorite movie or restaurant. Bringing these things into the conversation can help stimulate conversations with your new coworkers down the line.
2 Practice your introduction
Practice, practice, practice. As much as you don’t like to hear it, it really is the way to help improve your chance of introduction success. Rehearsing what you’re going to say is helpful for those who may feel more anxiety when presenting. At least by preparing notes and a structure for your intro, you have some guidance to follow if the nerves creep up mid-presentation.
Writing out what you’re going to say can be great to help practice. For a closely similar experience to what you’ll face in the meeting, try practicing with a friend or by talking directly to yourself in the mirror. Making eye contact while you speak is often where many people get distracted or overwhelmed. By acing this in your practice, you’ll be on the road to introducing yourself with total confidence!
3 Consider your body language
4 Dress appropriately
Dressing well is a secret sign of good manners. It shows that you care for the event and have respect for the other attendees. Consider the dress code (business casual, casual, business attire, etc.) of the company and the type of work you’re doing to help you decide what to wear.
A general rule of thumb for those who are on the fence about what to wear is that it’s usually better to overdress than to underdress. Though if you’re still unsure, reach out to someone else who will be attending and ask them what the dress code will be.
5 Keep it short and sweet
For your first introduction, keep it short and sweet. As much as your team would love to get to know you on a deeper level, meeting time is very precious and attendee attention spans can be short. In your intro, include 1-2 notable things (from your background, interests, etc.) that would be good talking points for a coworker to reach out to you about later.
You can even make a note in your intro that you want to get to know the team and you encourage people to reach out. This way, you allow the agenda to continue while still showing your team that you’re interested to connect after the call.
6 Show that you care
Your body language, dress, behavior, and energy all go towards showing how much you really care about meeting your team. Being genuinely excited to be introducing yourself will keep energy levels high and will show your team that you’re friendly and approachable.
7 Share your reason for attending the meeting
Beyond sharing who you are, consider sharing what you bring to the table. Are you new to the company in general, with significant experience or relevant information from previous positions that could be useful? Are you a long-term employee who was just brought onto this project for the first time?
Sharing your reason for attending will help other participants understand what they need to hear from you, what types of questions they should send your way, and what they may even have in common with you.
8 Let your personality shine
Beyond your introduction, you can look for other ways to connect with your new team. One way is to show them your personality—who you really are! Whether through an energizing tone of voice, wit, jokes, or short stories, you have plenty of options in your introductions to put your true self on display.
If you choose to write your introduction out for easy reading or reference during the meeting, showing your personality helps you avoid sounding overly robotic or like you’re reading from a script.
9 Ask questions
Ask if there’s anything your team wants to know about you. Doing so is a good opportunity to create connections early on and demonstrate that you’re available to learn and work with others on the project.
Asking questions may provide a teammate with an opportunity to find something in common with you, help you navigate a new area, or simply may give you a platform to share something else about yourself to the team.
10 Be friendly
First impressions are important, so be friendly and approachable. When meeting in person, you may find yourself joining in some small-talk before the meeting even begins. This is a great time to start getting to know your fellow meeting-joiners. In fact, knowing some people before you have to make your big introduction can help ease your nerves during your actual presentation.
Things to Avoid during Self-Introduction
As a fresher, after stating your name, qualifications, emphasize your interests and industry-specific qualities. Be enthusiastic in your approach and describe yourself in a way that shows you are a suitable candidate for the position.
While answering this question, make sure you line your future goals with the company’s growth. Mention your plans in brief and add how can this job help you fulfil or contribute to your goals.
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