Without exception everyone sucks at introducing themselves. Not sure why, except it feels weird at first. But once you practice it and get good at it, you’ll wonder how you got by all these years without being able to clearly articulate an answer to the most basic, simple question: “Tell me about yourself.”
Here’s how you do it. There’s a structure to it. Present. Past. Future.
One sentence. Who you are. What you do.
For example. I am VP of Marketing at GoodFilms Studio where I oversee blah blah. I’m working now on this cool project/film/whatever (sound energetic and make it sound cool–and use an example).
Remember you’re telling a story so make it interesting.
For example, prior to that I worked for a couple different studios including blank and blank where I worked on blank and blank.
Always end with the ‘ask’ and be as specific as possible.
And now, I’m looking for a senior level marketing or publicity job at either a studio, production company or online company. I love working at GoodFilms but have been there almost four years and I’m ready for a new opportunity.
Practice this ’til you can rattle it off without hesitation and without losing eye contact. It’s your story. You should love it. No one else in the whole world has your story so be proud when you tell it. You are your own best ambassador.
The whole thing will be over in less than 30 seconds and you will come off with a renewed sense of confidence and composure that very few others will have. And a good intro is the first step to getting that next job.