I read something online - I don't know where, I read ALOT online, on Facebook and in my news app and on links on Twitter and on various websites - but I think it was an online newspaper where I saw the idea.
Introduce people by who they are, and what makes them special, rather than by what they do.
You know what I mean. "This is Lynn, she's my son's English teacher. Lynn, meet Becky, who works with my husband."
It's how I've always done it - kind of a "7 layers of Kevin Bacon" type thing - except it's me, not Kevin Bacon.
But the last dinner party I had - I love to entertain, it's like a sickness - I tried the new way.
Introduce people by what makes them special. Why are you friends with this person? What do they bring to your life? Why would someone like to get to know them?
So before everyone came over, I really tried to think about what makes them each unique - what makes them interesting and fun and people I'd like to be around, and think my other friends should also like to be around.
DUDE. That was MUCH harder than it sounds. I mean, I know why *I* like someone - but it's much harder to parse that into a sentence that is succinct enough to grab attention and not get lost in the hubbub of people over and "here's the drinks and set your dish over here and the bathroom is down the hall" general chaos.
Try it. Think of someone you'd like to introduce to another friend - what might you say?
Some of the things I said this weekend:
- She's a WWII expert and has forgotten more about the Holocaust than I'd ever know
- She's a mathematical whiz and can solve the most difficult problems without breaking a sweat
- She took a Bourbon trip and has exposed me to varieties of bourbon I'd never even heard of
- He's unfailing cheerful and one of the best people to have in your corner
- He's a vocalist who can hit a note I'd never heard before
It definitely makes you think - try putting a spin on how you present people.