The importance of an effective introduction in group settings at work

by Shweta Ramkumar

During a recent ESL lesson I had with a Japanese student, she mentioned that she was having trouble with what exactly to say when introducing herself when delivering group trainings and presentations. Her job as a self-employed workplace trainer meant she was working with different groups of people in different workplaces everyday and wasn’t sure of how to introduce herself effectively and make herself approachable and friendly.

Having a solid introduction in any social or professional situation is crucial as it creates a picture in people’s head about various attributes of your personality and also sets the tone for the quality of your interaction and communication with others. In group training environments in particular, the trainees may feel nervous and overwhelmed since training can often involve long days with complex information overload. Hence, it is important to keep the vibe light-hearted, informal, relaxed yet professional to make it an enjoyable experience for all. 

I’ve put together a few tips below on how to have powerful, impactful introductions during group settings in the workplace. The key pointers are :

  • Keep information about yourself relevant, brief and concise
  • Connect with your audience, ask them questions about their lives, play ice-breaker games that are interactive and competitive
  • Open up about non-work related areas of your life in order to find common ground¬†

How do you feel about introducing yourself during group settings in the workplace ?  

What information do or should you include or not include when introducing yourself ?

Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

If you work in a clinical role in the healthcare industry and would like to learn more about how to better connect and communicate openly with your clients / patients, book a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to see how I can best support you.

Shweta Ramkumar - English Language Confidence Coach

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