Que ce soit dans le cadre professionnel ou personnel, il est souvent utile de pouvoir se présenter et d’entamer la conversation avec une nouvelle personne. Quels sont les termes usuels et les expressions consacrées pour se présenter en anglais ? Comment susciter la curiosité de son interlocuteur et faire bonne impression (car la première image que l’on renvoie est souvent cruciale) ?
Coach Tom vous dévoile ses meilleurs “tricks” pour une présentation efficace et 100% British !
Et voici le script du Podcast pour ceux qui voudraient aussi perfectionner leur ” Reading skills” 🙂
Here you are. Sitting around a table. Waiting in an online conference.
The organiser, the teacher says “ I`d like to ask everyone to start off by saying a few words just so we can get to know you a little”.
Or you are at a cocktail party. The interesting group of influential and glamorous people have opened up a space for you. They look at you curiously, waiting. Now it`s your turn to speak.
If these situations make you nervous you are not alone. We all know that first impressions count. There are numerous expressions and sayings about the importance of making a good first impression.
Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine. His name is Simon. He`s an excellent professional. He works in IT – that is information technology, as a systems analyst. Wow!
For some reason every time he introduced himself at a meeting or a conference, he couldn’t understand why people avoided eye contact and the conversation never really got going.
I asked him how he introduced himself and he said it went a bit like this
“ Hi, I`m Simon, I work in IT As a systems analyst. You know , working on the programmes, things like that. It`s good.”
I think you can see the problem. A systems analyst is not actually a boring job, but a lot of people think it is. Simon was just reinforcing the stereotype of himself as a computer nerd. No wonder that people didn’t want to continue the conversation.
So we sat down and I made him learn a new intro and trained him to say it with enthusiasm.
“Hi, I`m Simon. I`m the one who helps people and companies make sure that their computers are working properly. So, I`m pretty busy and everyone loves me, because we all have problems with our computers. “
Since using this intro, Simon has been given a better salary, got married to a beautiful woman, been offered a job on national TV as a computer expert and he might even be voted Time magazine Person of the Year. Some of these consequences might be exaggerations.
But what makes Simon`s new intro so much better.
He focuses on what he does in real terms, how he helps others and uses natural language in an enthusiastic way.
There are also a few questions and expressions you should be careful with when you meet people for the first time.
What is the difference between “How are you?” and “How do you do? “
The correct answer to “How are you?” could be anything from “I`m feeling on top of the world” or “Over the moon” to “to be honest I’ve been a bit down in the dumps lately” but it`s probably best not to be too negative if you are meeting people for the first time.
There is only one answer to “How do you do?” You must reply by repeating the question. Thus, the dialogue goes like this
Good Afternoon Mr Smith. Pleased to meet you. How do you do?
How do you do? It`s a pleasure to be here.
This is a formal expression which should not be answered. It is really just a formula to be used to acknowledge a new acquaintance. Although it is quite old fashioned it is still used a lot on formal situations.
A good introduction should include the following
- Your name –
- A description of what you do – as with the Simon example
- Where you live and how long you`ve been there. (use the present perfect – it will impress listeners that your grammar is so good
- An ending – there`s nothing less inspiring than someone just slowing down, not being able to think what to say next and say … err sorry that`s it.
Imagine VivaLing was a person
Here is a good introduction and a bad one. It should be easy for you to tell which is which.
“ Hi . My name`s VivaLing. I help people of all ages communicate in different languages by connecting coaches with students. I was born in Singapore but I’ve been getting bigger every year. What else would you like to know about me?”
“Hi, I`m VivaLing. I`m a school for people who want to learn languages. I don`t really live in one place. We use computers too.. sorry.. where was I? that wasn’t very good was it?
So at the risk of sounding like a self help guru let`s finish with a call for action
- write a script and memorise it
- practise saying it by heart
- make eye contact
You can check your self introductions with your coach or compare them with other learners on our Facebook page.