We have surprisingly short memories. Unless you offend or say something completely stupid, the words you use to introduce yourself will be forgotten.

In fact, sometimes it’s even good to offend. ;)

At networking events, some people paralyze thinking about the perfect way to introduce themselves and end up missing a lot of interesting meetings and business opportunities.

The first words are not that important. I try to make mine as un-remarkable as possible:

Hi, I’m Etienne. What brings you here?

It’s the last words that people will remember. You can’t plan discussions. Act and learn to improvise.