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“May I introduce. . .”
Many people think that introducing themselves or introducing others is so complicated that they tend to avoid doing it altogether. While that might have been the case years ago, today the process is much simpler. It all boils down to speaking to the person you wish to honor first. For example, you’d like to introduce your college roommate to your grandmother. Turn to granny and say, “Grandmother, I’d like you to meet my roommate, Susie Foster.” Then turn to Susie and say, “Susie, this is my grandmother, Mrs. Duran.” Here is the order of introduction for a variety of scenarios:
FIRST: Your grandparents, parents, or anyone older than you... THEN: Your contemporary (or younger)
FIRST: Your friend... THEN: Another family member
FIRST: An adult... THEN: A child
FIRST: A woman... THEN: A man
FIRST: Someone with a title: Senator, Mayor, Judge, Colonel, nobility, Bishop, Reverend, Professor, Doctor; anyone senior in rank to you (boss, CEO).... THEN: Your contemporary (or younger)
FIRST: Your guest of honor.... THEN: Others attending the event
FIRST: A client... THEN: Anyone in your company, including your CEO
FIRST: Your boss, or a higher-up... THEN: A person of lower rank in the company