(snare drumming) – Hey, I’m Amy. I’m going to give you some real talk about having good manners, but not your grandma’s manners,
she didn’t use the internet. I figure we should cover introductions since I’m introducing myself to you. Hi, I’m Amy. That was easy. But what if we weren’t talking through space and time via the interwebs? In the past, a lady would be introduced at a social function by a man. You would just stand quietly, and smile, and curtsy like a tiny doll. But now you wear pants. You got your voice back from Ursula. You can do this yourself. When introducing yourself
by email to a stranger, keep it short. Hi Ursula, I’m Amy, and I recently saw you speak at the under the sea conference. It was a great chat and I’d love to pick your brain about
spells and potions. By email to a friend of a friend, still keep it short. CC: your old friend to start the intro, and then after your
new friend has replied, remove your old friend from this thread. They don’t need to hear your banter. In person, save your friend. You know your name, introduce yourself. Just get in there. Hi, I’m Amy. Hi, I’m Amy. Hi, I’m Amy. (murmuring) Nice to meet you. – [Voiceover] You too, pleasure. – And the guy who put down
the apple box I haven’t met. – [Voiceover] That’s Russell.
– [Voiceover] Russell. – Russell, hi. When introducing yourself at a party it’s hard to make yourself feel connected with a large group of
people, so I say smile, make eye contact, and shake hands or wave. What if you’re introducing two people who you don’t need to continue to talk to? Give them something to talk
about before you leave. Cindy and I were just talking
about spells and potions. Jane, weren’t you a chemistry major? And then mosey on outta there. Side note, be careful with nicknames. I know you go way back with your pals. Yo Scoop! Yo Wizzle Wheel! Yo Snowflake! Do a proper introduction. This is Nicholas, but we call him Scud. You sent in your questions on this topic using the hashtag smartmanners. Here’s one. What do I do if I’ve met someone before and I’ve forgotten their name? Awkward. Just lean into it, and
embrace the awkward, and let them know you forgot. Hey! Oh, I’m so sorry, I forgot your name. My name’s Amy, could you
give me yours one more time? And the biggest introduction rule of all: when you’re introducing someone
who’s name you’ve forgotten, welcome them to introduce themselves. You two don’t know each other? Introduce yourselves! And now everybody can be friends! Yay!