Introducing yourself is an extreme challenge to many people. You can introduce yourself in numerous ways. You can do it formally or in a friendly way. I will post some examples on how to introduce yourself to others.
Introducing yourself is much more than saying your name; it’s a way to connect with someone new by exchanging words and often, physical contact. Introducing yourself to strangers can be tricky because what you say depends entirely on the context. You may introduce yourself differently depending on whether you are addressing an audience before you give a speech, meeting someone at a networking event, introducing yourself to your class, or just starting a conversation with a new person at a party. What is important is to introduce yourself in a way that is appropriate and makes people like and remember you.
Some asylum seekers who travelled all the way to seek asylum and settle in a new county think that they are different because they are in the asylum period. They think that they are not tourists nor citizens and of course not international students. I think it is because of the stratification that they lived in their home countries, or because they don’t feel like home at all.
People don’t have to know that you’re an asylum seeker unless if you want them to know. It’s all up to you and NOT necessary. You don’t have to introduce yourself just as an asylum seeker. If you can’t speak English, you can simple open a conversation with people asking them to teach you some or practice it with you. You will learn more and you will have a content to talk about.
A quick advice for introducing yourself to others:
1. smile. Don’t evil laugh, just a little smile would give a friendly introduction. It is important to keep a genuine, bright smile when you meet a new person. Be genuinely happy to meet someone new and to share a positive experience and it will help create a genuine smile.
2. Introducing Yourself to an Individual. Exchange names. If the introduction is formal, say "Hello, I'm [first name] [last name]." If it's informal, say "Hi, I'm [first name]. Immediately after you've stated your name, ask for the other person's name by saying "What’s your name?" in a pleasant tone. When you learn the other person's name, repeat it by saying "It's a pleasure to meet you, Pedro" or "Nice to meet you, Caroline."
Repeating the person’s name will help you remember it and give the introduction a more personal touch.
3. Ask questions. It’s important to show interest in the other person. Ask where she is from, what she does for a living, or ask about any common bonds you may have. Ask about what she loves to do and the passions she has in life. Show that you are engaged and interested in what she has to say.
You may tell a little bit of your background in order to engage conversation and share about yourself. Telling someone where you work or that you love rock climbing is appropriate and may lead to more conversation topics.
Don’t take the opportunity to talk only about yourself. You will come across as selfish or uninteresting.
4. Close the conversation. After you've met someone for the first time, you should end the conversation by restating that you enjoyed meeting
In the UK, always ask about the weather. It is the default subject to open a conversation.
I made a quick search about how to introduce yourself to native speakers’ “brits” and I found an American upset couple opinion saying: Don’'t ever introduce yourself. The “Hi, I’m Chuck from Alabama” approach does not go down well in British pubs. Natives will cringe and squirm with embarrassment at such brashness. If your introduction is accompanied by a beaming smile and outstretched hand, they will probably find an excuse to get away from you as quickly as possible. Sorry, but that'’s how it is. The British quite frankly do not want to know your name or shake your hand – or at least not until a proper degree of mutual interest has been well established (like maybe when you marry their daughter). You will have to adopt a more subtle, less demonstrative approach. Written in her book Watching the English.
People I used to know keep saying that it’s hard to create friendships in the UK. But personally, I made a lot of friendships easily. I went out and people started the conversation and ofc”about the weather”. I also went to many organisations and people asked me for help or if I need help, starting from there, we built our friendship.
Go to places where people aren't rushed and, in a hurry, and strike up a conversation. You could try pubs, parks. You could also probably engage with people at most tourist attractions as you'll both be there to see the same thing and can discuss what you see. Ask questions that don't have a yes or no answer.