So many bits of information on etiquette I know, I learned from either Mrs. V, the family and consumer science teacher at my high school or my sorority. One hot topic, particularly in college was introductions. Contrary to popular belief, new members (no longer called pledges, apparently) are not hazed and made to feel lower than dirt – at least not in my sorority, though I would honestly assume not in any. You are taught to be a lady and to treat others with respect. Therefore, when a new member is being introduced at the house, it was very vital the introduction went correctly so they knew we valued them. Either that or in today’s sue-happy world, we found the risk wasn’t worth the reward. I’m kidding. Kind of.
So! To make sure you’re not making the dire mistake of essentially insulting someone (truly kidding here….it just can come off as uneducated, not actually insulting unless they really value themselves), I am here to help guide you. For starters, you speak to the “more important person” first. Here’s a general guideline: someone older than you or the person you’re introducing them to, a woman when meeting a man, a person with a title when meeting a person without a title, etc.
Now, the next part used to get a little tricky with varying language from “I’d like to introduce you to” or “I’d like to introduce to you,” and yes, the different was great. the “outsider” is introduced to those in the “circle,” regardless of their status. Status only comes in with the initial name use. However, to simplify things, you can always say “I’d like you to meet.” Although this is not completely interchangeable with the former introduction lines mentioned, it’s considered a safe route by many etiquette experts.
The most important bit to remember is: don’t let the fear of introducing keep you from doing so. We all could stand to make more friends.
That’s it for now! Please let me know your thoughts.