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A short paragraph introducing yourself

Apr 11, 2018

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A “Me in 30 Seconds” statement is a simple way to present to someone else a balanced understanding of who you are. It piques the interest of a listener who invites you to “Tell me a little about yourself,” and it provides a brief and compelling answer to the question “Why should I hire you?” 

What Should it Include?

When well crafted, your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement will include:

When networking, finish your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement with probing questions that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no” to start a conversation that may lead to referrals or job opportunities.

For example:

WHO do you know who works in _______________?

WHAT businesses are in the area that _______________?

WHO do you know who knows a lot of people?

Other Points to Consider

Keep your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement brief. People generally listen effectively only 30 to 60 seconds, and they appreciate concise responses to questions. This indicates that you are clearly focused and waste no time getting to the point.

It is a genuine form of communication that will help you organize everything you are into brief, coherent thoughts. 

Sample Statements

Sample “Me in 30 Seconds” statements for networking: 

“My name is Randy Patterson, and I’m currently looking for a job in youth services. I have 10 years of experience working with youth agencies. I have a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education. I raise money, train leaders, and organize units. I have raised over $100,000 each of the last six years. I consider myself a good public speaker, and I have a good sense of humor. “Who do you know who works with youth?”

“My name is Lucas Martin, and I enjoy meeting new people and finding ways to help them have an uplifting experience. I have had a variety of customer service opportunities, through which I was able to have fewer returned products and increased repeat customers, when compared with co-workers. I am dedicated, outgoing, and a team player. Who could I speak with in your customer service department about your organization’s customer service needs?”

Sample “Me in 30 Seconds” statement for an interview: 

“People find me to be an upbeat, self-motivated team player with excellent communication skills. For the past several years I have worked in lead qualification, telemarketing, and customer service in the technology industry. My experience includes successfully calling people in director-level positions of technology departments and developing viable leads. I have a track record of maintaining a consistent call and activity volume and consistently achieving the top 10 percent in sales, and I can do the same thing for your company.”

“I am a dedicated person with a family of four. I enjoy reading, and the knowledge and perspective that my reading gives me has strengthened my teaching skills and presentation abilities. I have been successful at raising a family, and I attribute this success to my ability to plan, schedule, and handle many different tasks at once. This flexibility will help me in the classroom, where there are many different personalities and learning styles.”

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My name is Mahinur Akter Monika. I am 13 years old. I live in Dhaka city. I am a student of class 7. I read in Shahajuddin Sarker Model School. My school starts at 8 am and finishes at 1 p.m. I am studying Bangla , English, Math, Social science, General science, Religion in the school. I go to school on foot and return home by rickshaw. All the teachers of my school are very friendly and helpful. I love my school very much.
I live with my parents. I have one brother and one sister. They are students too. My father is a businessman. My mother is a housewife. On holidays, she cooks special dishes. She works at home. My hobby is gardening. I work in my garden in the afternoon. I enjoy cricket very much. During leisure I read novels , story books an watch T.V. I always help the poor. I teach the illiterate when I go to my village home during holidays.

Personal introductions should be short and to the point. They should only list material that is relevant to the situation at hand; for instance, a business-oriented personal introduction usually avoids mention of family or hobbies, while an introduction for a community project might focus on those elements.

Because readers and listeners typically respond well to stories, starting a personal introduction with a brief story is often a good idea. Find a story that is relevant to the situation at hand and that reveals quickly some of the key information to be conveyed. Starting personal statements by speaking about people who affected one’s life or meaningful quotes is also often effective.

Choosing the right achievements to highlight can be key to an effective personal introduction. Depending on the situation surrounding the introduction, these could include educational achievements, including degrees and specific schools; professional certifications; professional organizations; publications; awards received; and other recognition. Choose evocative words and avoid clichés to keep the attention of the reader or listener.

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