As a freelancer, you'll often need to introduce yourself to your potential client. And usually, also, the very first occasion, when you have to speak, is to introduce yourself. Therefore, you must know how to introduce yourself properly at all times.
While introducing oneself might sound super easy, it isn't during the actual situations. Many people stumble upon words or go blank, which often creates a very negative and poor first impression.
However, a little practice from you will help build strong foundations of lasting business relationships.
To help you make a great first impression during your next introductory virtual meeting, here are a few things that you can take into use.
Tips and Tricks
- Don't start introducing yourself right away, do some small talk first and then describe yourself.
- Don't introduce yourself with your title (like Dr, Er., Prof. etc.); rather, focus on the value you provide to people you serve.
- Focus on what sets you apart from others.
- You want to create the best impression, so don't neglect your vocabulary. Make sure it's up to the atmosphere and occasion; if it's formal, only use formal phrases. Use words that the average person is familiar with. Avoid using tough jargon.
- Don't just talk about the knowledge you possess in your field; talk about your experience also. Get into details, but be relevant. Don't digress.
- Say something about why you got into this field in the first place, why are you so passionate about it. Energy is contagious.
- Include relevant skills and your areas of expertise.
- Most importantly, practice your introduction as this is the very first step to move forward. Don't forget that the goal is to present yourself in the best possible way, so don’t neglect it.
- Always take care of the context in which you are introducing yourself.
- Hey, you can call me (your name). I am a full-time freelancer.
- This is (your name).
- Hi there! This is (your name) and I’m from (place).
- Hello, I’m (your name).
- Hey! This is (your name) speaking.
- I think we’ve met earlier on Instagram. I saw a few of your posts.
- Pleased to meet you.
- Happy to meet you.
- It was nice talking to you.
- Hello, my name is (your name), but my friends call me (your polite nickname).
- Let me introduce myself, I'm (your name).
- I enjoy capturing moments.
- I help brands creatively get the word out about their products in the market.
- My apologies, that's not my area of work but I know someone who can help you with that.
- My hobbies are dancing and playing ping pong.
- I love to write.
- I've been working on such projects for a long time now.
- Hi there, since we are meeting for the very first time, so let me introduce myself first.
- Hey there, hope you are well. First, I would like to introduce myself. I am (your name).
- Hi, how are you doing? I am (your name).
- Freelancers: They are independent workers who are not bound to a specific employer. They are self-employed and can work in almost every field, but mostly they are employed in marketing, creative arts, communication, IT, etc. They are hired according to projects.
- Impression: Presenting yourself with a goal to make the person have a good opinion about you.
- SEO: SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is a set of strategically designed practices to optimize website pages and other types of digital content for improving the appearance and positioning of web pages in organic search results which makes them accessible to people searching for relevant topics on search engines such as Google and Bing!
- SEM: SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing. It is a digital marketing strategy used to increase a website's visibility on search engines such as Google and Bing. In an increasingly competitive market, SEM is one of the most effective methods of growing your business.
- Marketing Analysis: is a qualitative and quantitative study of market dynamics.
- Small talk: Polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially between people meeting for the first time or who don't often meet each other or don't know each other well.
- Jargon: It refers to the specialized terminology related to a particular field or activity. For instance, Bench is a legal jargon that is used to refer to judges or courts.
- Area of expertise: The industry or field to which the person's professional skills and activities relate and about which the person knows a lot or says excels in.
- Portfolio: It is tangible proof that you can do what you say you can do, as well as a record of your previous work. To put it simply, it is a set of services you offer with proof.
- Copywriting: It is the act of writing or the occupation of writing text intended for advertising or marketing.
- Consulting services: Providing the services of your expertise to the third party in exchange for money.
- Marketing consultant: An outside expert who works as an advisor to the company in designing marketing strategies and responsible for strategy execution excellence.
- Marketing strategies: The overall plan of the company for sensitizing the present and prospective customers to buy their products or services.
- Transcriptions: A written record of words listened.
- SDK: Software Development Kit (SDK) is an installable package of software tools and programs which is provided by vendors to facilitate the use of their software/hardware in building applications for specific platforms.
- Virtual Meeting: are meetings are real-time interactions which take place over the internet by using audio, video and text tools.
- Title: A title is a word, such as Mr., Mrs., or Dr. It is used to show your status or profession.
- Professional: A person who is engaged in a particular paid activity, as the main occupation.
- Native: A person who is born in a particular place.
- Context: The circumstances where a thing takes place.
A: Hello! I'm Hailey, what's your name?
B: Hi Hailey! My name is Claire.
A: Hi! My name is Hailey. May I know yours?
B: Hello Hailey! I'm Claire.
A: I found that you're looking for a graphic designer for your book. I can help you with that.
B: Can you? That's great! Do you have any work samples?
A: I'm a writer. I help brands creatively get the word out about their products in the market.
B: That's what they call copywriting, right?!
A: I'm a videographer, I help individuals and brands capture their stories or products creatively.
B: Oh! Have you ever shot pre-wedding videos?
A: I'm a video editor, I help people edit and convert their videos to the desired media.
B: That's wonderful! Do you also shoot videos?
A: I'm an expert in finance. I help individuals invest in businesses to raise their funds.
B: That's good, I can take your help.
A: I help people build attractive web designs to showcase their products and services. I'm a web developer.
B: Oh wow! I also need some developments on my website, you can help me.
A: I help small businesses build a strong presence in the market through my market analysis and consulting services. I'm a marketing consultant.
B: That's good to hear. How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm a programmer, I help entrepreneurs develop apps for their businesses, which can boost their reach in the market.
B: Ah, thank goodness! I needed some changes in my current app. I'm glad you approached.
A: I digitally help businesses attain a good reach for their products and services in the market. I'm a digital marketer.
B: Sounds useful. Which platforms would you use for the same?
A: I'm a social media manager, I let business owners sit back and relax and hand over the stress of promoting their products and services online to me. I make different marketing strategies and apply them to promote brands online.
B: That's really helpful! I can use your help in expanding my small business of handicrafts.
A: I help brands that provide their products and services online, with search engine optimization or search engine marketing. I know everything about link building, ranking something high on google, how Google behaves, etc. I help the brands with the accurate push that they need.
B: That's fabulous, this is exactly what I needed.
A: I'm a game developer, I help brands develop their games according to the new changes in the market. I have a good understanding and knowledge of various gaming SDKs.
B: Impressive! Do you also have any experience in the field?
A: I am a multilinguist, I help people with all kinds of translations from general to legal to medical. I also possess great listening and typing skills so I also help people with transcriptions.
B: That's wonderful. How many languages do you know?
A: I know English, Arabic, French, Spanish and I'm also learning Dutch.