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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” ~ Philo

BIT Generator

Each one of us introduces ourselves to others without really thinking. Words fly out of our mouths. Our job titles can become our default identity even when not relevant. Part ego and part habit. We are so much more interesting than our position titles and our line of work. We are so much more than our jobs, aren’t we??!!!

What is our BIT? Brief Introductory Talk. This is an exercise to examine the words we use and consider better more authentic words to engage others.

The BIT Generator process consists of three basic steps:

  1. Reflect upon how you introduce yourself and consider altering/editing it
  2. Practice drafting a few new BITs that invite conversations.
  3. Draft new BITs to address the ever-present question: “What do you do?”

These are not scripts to be read or memorized. These BITs are more conscious and authentic ways to connect. BITs always start with a positive, energetic, enthusiastic, friendly mindset. A smile does wonders. Positive body language (good posture, uncrossed arms) Direct eye contact. So while the words matter and they do. The whole package–you—and the delivery of the words matters, perhaps more. How do people perceive you? How do you make people feel when you introduce yourself?

  • Intro

  • Standard intros: What everybody says
    • Hi, I am (name). How are you?/Nice to meet you.
    Alternative Intro: A question can open the door. Or more persoanl clues about who you are.
    • Hi, I am (name). Nice to meet you. What brings you here?
    • Hi, I am (name).  I just drove here from Pasadena, where are you from?
  • Hi, I am (name).  I'm in finance and a struggling golfer.
  • Response to "What do you do"?

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