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    Introducing people

    When you introduce one person to another, do you introduce the younger one to the older one first or the older one to the younger one first?

    Or does it not matter?

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    I'd say younger to older....shows more respect towards the older person.
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    When we go to computer shows Grandfather always introduces me to his friends....he'll say something like this:

    John, this is my grandson Evan, he's in the Air Force, yada yada yada.....(I'm 33 yrs. old)

    In any case, I think any introduction is better than no one at all.

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    Originally posted by YeOldeStonecat
    I'd say younger to older....shows more respect towards the older person.
    Makes sense. Never thought of it like that.

    *Rolls eyes at self.

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    Hi CableDude

    Hope this helps

    Etiquette for Dummies

    In North America we seem to be taking a more casual approach to etiquette than in previous eras. However, it is valuable to know the basic tenets of etiquette so that you know what to do in business and social settings.
    Introductions are one of the things we do frequently in our work life and daily life. The intention is to introduce one person to another person or persons or to introduce several people to each other. There are a few key rules to know to ensure you conduct your introductions smoothly and according to the traditions of business etiquette. In this page we will discuss:

    how to make introductions,
    how to introduce yourself,
    shaking hands,
    introductions at meetings and
    use of business cards
    and name tags.

    We are a multicultural society and are participating in a global economy. If you will be meeting or working with people from another country you might wish to consult books for information about cultural etiquette or taboos in their cultures.

    In social situations, a man is traditionally introduced to a woman. However, in the business world introductions are based on a person's rank or position in a company. Whoever is the highest-ranking person is introduced to everyone else in order of their position. If you introduce two people of equal rank to each other, introduce the one you know less well to the one you know better.

    Introducing a client
    The only exception is when you are dealing with a client. In this case the client should be introduced first, even if you are with someone of higher rank within your company.

    In making introductions, observe the following practice:

    One person is always introduced to another person by saying the name of the person to whom the other is being introduced. An example of how to introduce a client to a member of your company would be:

    "Ms. Brown (of your company) I would like you to meet the Vice-President of Marketing of Able Communications, Ms. Armstrong. Ms. Armstrong, I would like to introduce Ms. Brown (you could also include her title).
    Other tips for introductions: Use a friendly relaxed manner when Introducing people. Remember to smile.
    Mention both the first and last names distinctly, including titles.

    Note: Do not use first names in the following situations unless specifically requested to do so:

    To a superior in one's business,
    To a business client or customer,
    To a person of higher rank,
    To professional people offering their services,
    To an older person.

    If you are in a group and you're making many introduction it is helpful to include a bit of information about each person. This can help to facilitate further conversation. You don't want to leave people in an uncomfortable situation by introducing them and then just walking away and leaving them in the position of not knowing what to say.
    In a large group it can be overwhelming to be faced with many new names and faces. To ease the situation you can try introducing a person to only a few people at a time. The information provided could pertain to the reason the person is a special guest, a particular accomplishment, hobby, etc. As with any introductions, be discreet and do not say anything that would embarrass the guest or those being introduced.

    How to handle different introductory situations:

    The younger person is introduced to the older person.
    A man is introduced to a woman.
    A less important person is introduced To a more important person.
    A younger couple is introduced to an older couple.
    An untitled person is introduced to a titled person;
    For example, "Mr. President, may I present Mr. Black".
    Use titles, unless requested not to, Such as in the case of a doctor.
    For people who live together, give each person's Full name - no explanation need be given.
    For husbands and wives with different names, introduce the wife first and give their full names.
    For example, "Anne Walker and her husband John Smith".
    If you forget someone's name, apologize briefly and wait for the persons involved to volunteer their names.
    If you are uncertain how to pronounce someone's name ask them for the correct pronunciation prior to introducing them if possible.
    If you are introduced to someone and you do not hear the name clearly, simply ask them to repeat it.

    Introducing Yourself
    There are occasions in which you need to introduce yourself. For example if you are meeting new colleagues, associates or clients.
    To introduce yourself extend your hand and say,
    "Hello, I am __________. I am the _______________ with Company ABC.
    If you have previously been introduced to someone do not assume that they will remember you. Be prepared to reintroduce yourself should it be necessary.

    Shaking Hands
    When you are introduced to someone you should always stand and shake hands and make eye contact. A handshake is the physical greeting that accompanies the verbal introduction. Not shaking hands could be perceived as a sign of rejection and could be very insulting to the other person.
    A handshake should be firm but not bone crushing. You should grip the other person's hand so that the web of your thumbs meet. Shake hands a couple of times being sure to perform the motion from the elbow not from the shoulder. If you are wearing gloves you should remove them before shaking hands.

    Some of the situations in which you should shake hands:

    When meeting a person for the first time or when saying good-bye
    When renewing acquaintances
    When greeting a host or hostess or being introduced to someone
    When ending a transaction or leaving a business or social event.

    Name tags
    If name tags are worn, they should be placed on the right shoulder. The reason for this is that most people are right handed and when people shake hands, using their right hand, this is where the eye can best see the name tag and the name of the person.
    If you are leading a meeting and the people at the meeting do not know each other, or even if only a few are not acquainted it is advisable to conduct introductions. It is most efficient to have people introduce themselves, stating their role or position. You also have the option of introducing those present. If you do so introduce them by name and provide some additional information as their position, role or the reason they are in attendance.

    Business Card Etiquette
    It is essential to have a supply of business cards on hand at all times. They should be in a place that is easy to reach so you don't have to hunt or fumble for them when you need one. If you are going to be at a meeting or event where you expect you may want to have them available place a few in your jacket pocket, or in a convenient location in your purse.
    Always have business cards that are clean, neat and accurate. If you have more than one business, have more than one card and have them filed separately so you can easily find the one you need. Old, dog-eared business cards with information crossed out or corrected by hand do not portray a professional impression.

    Present your business card face up and turned so that the person you are giving it to can read it.

    Be selective in distributing business cards, don't hand them out as if you were dealing out a pack of cards. Give them to people who express an interest in yours or who offer you theirs. If someone offers you their card don't turn it down. If you don't want it you can always dispose of it later. If you ask for someone's card and they don't want to provide one to you, if you sincerely have a reason for wanting one explain your purpose or let the matter drop.

    Most people, when they are handed a business card simply slip it into their pocket or folder without looking at it. When handed a business card, take the time to read it. Say the name of the person out loud to check that you have the correct pronunciation. If you are uncertain of the pronunciation ask them to pronounce it for you.

    Make note of the company name and the title and if possible comment on previous experience you have had with the company or ask something about the person's company or position there to show your interest.

    In addition to using your business card as a means of introduction you can also include it along with business correspondence.

    Sources of information used:

    Carol Blair, DTM

    by Sue Fox,



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    i ususally introduce in no particular order


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