How do you introduce people to others?

posted 6 months ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
9545 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I just say their relationship to me and their name.

”This is my friend, Susan”

”This is my husband, John”

Short and simple.

Post # 3
7463 posts
Busy Beekeeper

ysel :  I just use their names and usually a quick how we know each other for context. They don’t need the full story, but just college friend, former coworker, softball teammate, etc. For example:

“Bob, I’d like you to meet Sally. She’s one of my college roommates. Sally, this is Bob from my office”. Boom. Done. 

Post # 4
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

John, this is my friend Jane. Jane, this is my friend John. 

Post # 5
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

ysel :  “Hi ____, this is my friend ___” “This is my husband ___” “This is my sister ____”

Nice and simple lol. Unless there’s a reason I need to elaborate on who this person is, which I don’t really need to in most scenarios.

Post # 8
3740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You are way over thinking it. It doesn’t matter who is introduced first. I’ve never given it a second thought.

Post # 9
7463 posts
Busy Beekeeper

ysel :  I’ve never put any thought into who I introduce first. I think it’s typically who I’m already talking to? So for example if I’m standing with Sally and Bob walks over I would probably do:

“Hey Bob! How are you? Sally – this is my coworker Bob. Bob, this is my old roomie Sally.” 

Post # 10
2071 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

“but like if a newer friend to the group comes in to an older friend group do you say the older friends name first, i.e. john, this is susan. Or say the newer friends name first, i.e., Suan this is our friend John?”

Technically, you are supposed to state the name of the person with “higher rank” and present the person of “lower rank” to them. However, I prefer to keep notions of social hierarchy out of it and just do it randomely or however seems natural.

Post # 11
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I took an etiquette class when I turned 18 (thanks mom) and there definitely is a strict set of rules for this. You’d have to look it up because I don’t remember everything, but basically you would always name the family member first before the friend, the boss before the spouse, etc. For friends I believe it’s the one you’ve known the longest. 

But honestly this day in age 99% of the population doesn’t know the difference so it’s unlikely that you’ll offend someone. 

Post # 12
762 posts
Busy bee

Like Bridget Jones

Post # 13
1198 posts
Bumble bee

butternutter :  Read the title of the post and said in my head:

Shazzer: Introduce people with thoughtful details. Such as: “Sheila, this is Daniel. Daniel, this is Sheila. Sheila enjoys horse-riding and comes from New Zealand. Daniel enjoys publishing and comes…”

Bridget:…all over your face?

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