Meeting new people is tough for some of us, but a pre-determined script that describes who you are and what you do can make the whole process a lot smoother. Nicole Markle at the Allstate Blog suggests you develop a quick "about me" script so you always know what to say.
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When you're meeting someone new, you're bound to be asked several questions so the other person can get to know you. For some, this part is easy. For others, this is the freezing point. You know what you do, but maybe you don't know quite how to say it.
Practise your script before you go somewhere where you know you'll meet new people. Make sure it's not just a one-liner either. For example, instead of saying "I work in IT", say "I do IT work for That One Company over by Landmark. I focus mostly on solving software problems and keeping things running smoothly." Be descriptive about what you do, and it never hurts to mention how you help people instead. The more easy-to-understand information you can provide in a brief amount of time, the more likely they will be able to ask follow up questions and get to know you more.
Networking Tips for Introverts (and People Who Just Hate Networking) [The Allstate Blog]