Order of introductions: who to introduce to whom?

Introductions can be tricky.

Do you break conversations to make the introductions? Do you introduce your girlfriend to your Dad or your Dad to your girlfriend?

The pleasure of making introductions falls on you if:

1. You are the host of the event.

2. You are the common acquaintance of individuals unknown to each other.

Introduce persons during a natural break in conversations. Failing to make introductions before the awkward ‘I’m Joanna, by the way,’ is a shortcoming on your part.

First Lady Michelle Obama introducing her daughter Sasha to HM The Queen of Spain (photo from exlplored.com.ec)

First Lady Michelle Obama introducing her daughter Sasha to HM The Queen of Spain (photo from exlplored.com.ec)

Now, on to introducing who to whom:

Introduce a man to a woman

a younger person to an older person

someone of lower social standing to someone of higher social standing.

For example, if you wish to introduce your your colleague James to your friend Marie, you might say, “Marie, this is James, we work in the same laboratory. James, this is Marie, a friend from my university days.”

In this case, James (the man) is introduced to Marie (the woman). Gender trumps age, and age trumps social standing. The only exception to this rule is if the person is a head of state (or government), a cardinal or royalty.

It might help to remember to say the more “important” person’s name first. For instance, you might say, ‘Prime Minister, may I present my wife, Juliana.’ In this case, Juliana (the woman) is introduced to the Prime Minister, regardless of the latter’s gender.

Please do leave a comment below if you have an introduction conundrum.

Lovely to meet you,
EtiKate

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