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Etiquette expert reveals the correct way to introduce yourself to new people

Etiquette expert reveals the right way to introduce yourself to new people – and how to avoid a common awkward faux pas

  • London-based content creator Lucy Challenger makes TikTok etiquette videos
  • The 38-year-old recently shared the correct way to formally introduce yourself
  • She revealed her own top tip for avoiding a common introduction faux pas
  • Saying “nice to see you” avoids awkwardness if you’ve met before but forgot

An etiquette expert has revealed the proper way to introduce yourself to people within a formal setting.

Lucy Challenger, 38, who is based in London and Berkshire, is the founder and CEO of high-end Mayfair agency Polo and Tweed, which seeks workers for high net worth clients.

She is also a TikTok creator and has racked up over 8 million likes for her videos that teach Gen Z social media users the essential manners and etiquette they need to fit into the higher echelons of society.

in a recent videoLucy explained what’s expected during formal introductions, as well as her top tip for avoiding a potentially awkward moment that could arise when you meet someone and it turns out you’ve met them before.

In the video (pictured), Lucy gives general advice such as smile, be polite, and use your full name when introducing yourself

She also gives a more specific tip on what to say to avoid a potentially awkward moment with someone you've met before

TikTokker and etiquette expert Lucy Challenger (pictured) has revealed the proper way to introduce yourself to others in formal settings

In the video, she says, “I have a top tip for you to introduce yourself in a formal setting.

“First, you should ideally offer your hand, if you feel comfortable. Of course with Covid over these days, we don’t normally shake hands.

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People took to the comment section of the video to say that the tip would be helpful to them as they often forgot whether they had met people before or not

People took to the comment section of the video to say that the tip would be helpful to them as they often forgot whether they had met people before or not

‘But in a formal situation one would expect to shake hands where necessary.

‘I used to say ‘hello, nice to meet you, my name is Lucy, etc.’

How to introduce yourself: top tips

According to Lucy Challenger, there are several things to keep in mind when introducing yourself.

1. Always be polite, always smile and always introduce yourself by your full name.

2. Don’t forget to also introduce the people around you, which is proper etiquette when meeting in a formal setting.

3. When you say ‘nice to see you’, when you meet people, you can avoid all the awkwardness that could have come from ‘nice to meet you’ to someone you’ve met before, but forgot about.

She then revealed her personal top tip, saying, “But if you’ve ever met that person before and you’ve forgotten about it, you have that awkward moment where they say, ‘oh, but I met you six months ago, [or] I met you a year ago.

“It’s very embarrassing.

“My top tip is that you raise your hand and say, ‘Hi, nice to see you’.

“That means if you… haven’t met them before, there won’t be any awkwardness.

“And if you’ve met them before and they say Oh, I liked seeing you this once and so on, you can go ‘yes, yes, yes…’.

‘Because I often forget when I met someone, because I meet a lot of people.

“So this avoids any faux pas.”

Her final tips for meeting people formally are to “always be polite, always smile, introduce yourself by your full name.”

She also noted, “And then ideally you should introduce the people around you, because that’s polite etiquette when meeting in a formal setting.”

A number of fans of the creator pointed out how useful the advice was.

One wrote: ‘Formal? I will be using this every day. I always forget that I’ve met people before.’

Another agreed, writing: ‘Thank you!!! This is just a genius solution.’

Meanwhile, a third wrote: “I hate it when that happens, when they say I’ve met you before.”

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