How to Introduce Yourself to a Virtual Team [CONFIDENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY]

How to Introduce Yourself to a Virtual Team [CONFIDENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY]

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Do you need to introduce yourself  at a virtual team meeting? Well,   knowing how to introduce yourself right may seem  trivial, but this self-introduction is actually   really important. And in this video, I'm going  to share with you five tips on how to give the   best self-introduction that you can give at  a virtual team meeting. And if you stay tuned   to the end of this video, I have something  to share with you that's going to for sure,   impress the people at your virtual team meeting. Hi, if you're new here, welcome, make sure   you subscribe to the best career and project  management advice coming to you every Wednesday.   So if you're as excited as I am about  introducing yourself at a virtual team meeting,   then like this video and let's get to it. No  handshake, no problem, your virtual introduction.  Okay. You are now the new kid on the block.  Perhaps this is a brand new job, or maybe it's   even your first job. Congratulations. You have  to do your introduction. I want to let you know   that it is really important that whatever  introduction you use, you should practice,  
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it really is going to help you to be succinct  with what it is that you're going to be saying   to individuals, because I promise your colleagues  are going to be very curious as to who you are,   what you're about and really what you bring to  the table. Now, the good thing is this virtual   introduction is not any different than if you  were doing a live introduction around a board room   meeting table. So just remember a few things you  want to keep it to the point, clear, concise,   30 to 60 seconds is usually great. Try not to be  boring in the sense of just sticking to your name   and your job title. Try to have a little bit of  fun with it, but obviously in a professional way.   So you do want to give your name what you're  going to be doing, you probably also want to   give a little bit of a tidbit of who you are,  perhaps some experience you may have that they'd   be interested in. Now don't go into your whole  resume or CV, that's not what they're looking for.  Why not even round it off to even do something  that is really interesting about you,   something where they're going to want  to talk to you afterwards and say, "Hey,   can I learn more about that?" That can be great  whenever it comes to doing a virtual introduction,  
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because we don't have the luxury when you're  virtual of actually seeing people in the hallway   and getting to know them a little bit better.  So these virtual introductions are a great way   to ensure that you can get connected with  them really quickly when you do a good one.  So let's talk about an example and I'm going to  give you one right now. Hi, I'm Adriana Girdler   President of Cornerstone Dynamics, a productivity  and project management consulting firm.   I have over 20 plus years of experience in this  amazing industry working with some really cool   clients. I live and breathe this stuff so  much so just ask me about my laundry system.   Now that was the introduction, but it's not over  just yet because we have to talk about the close.   When you do a self-introduction you do want  to end it up with something really positive   about the group. And one thing that you  add to what I just gave as an example is   I heard some great things about you, I can't  wait to work with you. There, you got it.  Now, you know what to say in your introduction,  you have to think about some other things as   well. So show some enthusiasm, this is going to be  really critical, you just don't want to be hanging  
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back. I've seen it on some virtual calls with  self-introduction where people are just like,   "Hi, how are you?" This is our only really way  of getting to know other people because again,   we don't have the hallway talk. So show us some  enthusiasm, you're excited to be there, smile,   really look at the camera. It's just  going to be really helpful to come across,   which can be a little bit hard  virtually, exactly how you're feeling. So   definitely exaggerate slightly so  that it can come across on camera.  Body language. For body language, you need to have  the camera on. So just as important it was for   showing enthusiasm. Because again, if you don't  have the camera on, you even have to exaggerate   things even more, but your body language becomes  really important. You don't want to be laying   back, you want to be lying down because I've seen  that, you really just want to be sitting straight,   ideally even have your computer set up properly  so it's at eye level. Because with your body   language, you want to be able to look at people,  eye to eye, you don't want them staring up your   face. You want to be sitting straight. Again, it's  their first impression of you and if you don't put  
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the camera on a lot, that's what they're going  to remember. So just think about that. Sitting   up straight, ensuring that you have a really good  background. Your body language is just saying,   I'm here, I'm present, I'm not slouching, I'm  not lying down. I'm really here with you and   I'm going to give you all my attention. So that  really is important with that self introduction.  Dress the part. Now here's real good news, so  please don't get on me in the comments like   I'm being superficial because I'm not, I'm just  sharing with you reality here. The good news is   now that we all live in this virtual  world and having virtual meetings,   we actually have a little bit of casualness  associated to it. Fantastic. But when it comes   to first impressions and the first time someone is  meeting you when you're doing your introduction,   virtually, is you do want to kind of think  about what exactly it is that you're wearing.   I'm not asking you to get dressed up,  I'm not even asking you to put on a suit,   but you do want to think about this is the first  time they're going to see you, how do you want   them to remember you? Because they may not see you  again for a while. So what's the first impression.  So this is what I do. You can see my curly  hair, right? This is kind of my signature look,  
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I was born with this, I can't do anything about  it. I actually love it. So what I do is I will do   my hair for my first time of meeting an important  client or group of people that they've not met me   before, because my hair is also my signature.  So people go, the one with the curly hair,   the curly hair girl. So that becomes important for  me from a first impression standpoint, obviously,   I'm going to give a really great introduction,  but I want them to remember me too not just   from my words, but from look. So I'll just have a  simple shirt on, again, I'm more casual because of   the virtual calls and I'll have my curly hair. Now, second meeting with you, maybe completely   different where I have my hair up in a ponytail  because we've met already once and you know what?   It's a lot of effort to do all this stuff, let  me tell you. For you I will do it on the video   all the time that's why you see my hair down for  you because I love you guys and I appreciate it,   because I want to give you a good  impression. Do you see? So on that note,   just be aware of it. Be aware of what you're  wearing. It is the first time they're meeting you  
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and you just want to at least have that  really good impression left in their mind.  Follow up. All right. I'm going to suggest  I'm going to suggest you're not done   after you give your self introduction, follow  up. After the meeting, why not send a personal   email to each individual saying what a pleasure it  was to meet them. This is the connections you're   going to start making in order for you to do your  job because you're going to probably have to work   with all these things visuals. So take the time,  follow up. It's a special little thing that will   distinguish you and people will remember you  by and what a great way to start your new job.  Now that you know how to introduce yourself to  your virtual team, it is now time to know how   to be awesome at projects. Why? Because  if you're new, you don't organization,   not only are you going to be doing your job, but  you're probably going to do some special items   outside of your job, which are called projects.  So I want you to go to the link below and grab   this, what it is you need to be aware of so your  projects don't fail because you're already on the   right note with your introduction continue with  that right note and download this so you can  
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understand how to sure that everything you do  is successful. This is also very transferable   to just business in general. So I hope you liked  this video. If you could like it, share it with   the friends and colleagues that you know, and let  me know, how do you introduce yourself? And if you   have any other insight that you want to share,  thanks so much. See you at the next video. Bye.

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