J. Gordon Duncan

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A Dozen Do-Nots: Meeting Someone for the First Time

Dozen-DoNotsMeeting someone for the first time can be incredibly awkward.  You want to stand up straight, shake with a firm hand, remember names, and on and on.  Since this is a universal experience, I’ve included some definite don’t’s about meeting someone for the first time.  Here are 12 things that I have learned about that first meeting.  If any of you want to contribute, feel free to add or post.  I hope you enjoy.

A Dozen Do-Nots:  Meeting Someone for the First Time

  1. Do not break eye contact first.
  2. Do not give your personal/spiritual/occupational resume (let them ask about you).
  3. Do not turn a hand shake into a strength competition.
  4. Do not get so close they can smell your breath.
  5. Do not forget to repeat their name when they introduce themselves.
  6. Do not introduce your topic until you’ve spoken to theirs.
  7. Do not expect people to wait while you finish something up (email, text, etc).
  8. Do not pitch your deal (your church, job, MLM, etc).
  9. Do not chew gum while speaking.
  10. Do not pretend you remember their name if you have forgotten.  Just ask.
  11. Do not say, “Haven’t we met before?” if you know you haven’t.
  12. Do not make promises to follow up if you do not plan on keeping them.

A Dozen Do-Nots is part of an on-going series.  You will also find posts about the Dozen from Mike Askew at http://bit.ly/4nnOim.  The idea is to present 12 simple things to avoid in the most practical of areas.

Others in the Series:

Writing:  http://bit.ly/3L0CBa

Writing a Sermon:  http://bit.ly/2Tti6o

Parenting:  http://bit.ly/6yv8T

Running:  http://bit.ly/A6NYw

Making Your Wife Happy – http://bit.ly/Ty5OK

Marriage Communication – http://bit.ly/IERbQ

Church Planting – http://bit.ly/37hAPb

Being Civil to Others – http://bit.ly/4nnOim

Mountain Biking – http://bit.ly/vdZ6

Wrestling with Your Kids – http://bit.ly/BaQff

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment