When you're introducing two people at a party, you can make things easier for both of them and break the ice before they even start talking. Introductions can be awkward. When someone just gestures toward you and says your name, it feels like the ball has been thrown into your court whether you're ready to play or not.
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Cambria Bold at The Kitchn has a great suggestion on how to avoid doing that to other people:
Here's the secret: Always follow your introduction with a positive, interesting tidbit about that person! ...For example, "Annie, meet Joe. Joe, this is Annie. [Look at Joe] Annie is an art teacher, and an amazing runner. She actually just ran a marathon! [Look at Annie] Joe's a killer bluegrass banjo player and brews his own beer. We're going to be drinking some tonight, right, Joe?"
This simple trick will give them both a head start in the conversation and ensure nobody feels too awkward. Just make sure you keep the facts positive, upbeat, and interesting. You can introduce friends with what they do if you think it will spark conversation, but there are usually better alternatives.