It’s human to find oneself in a group of people who would like to get introduced to you – or who expect you to introduce yourself. And it is understandable that one should say something that opens up some interesting pathways over which communication from and to few or some or many or most or all can flow.
I can buy that. But I do not think that those pathways are one-size-fit-all. If that is true, I cannot possibly say things that are interesting equally to all.
Thinking of that, I wonder if one should ever be invited at the point of entry to a group to “Say something interesting about you..”
I would feel like my life is an animal that walked into a cage (because I went into that situation) and now onlookers and observers would look at whatever is at display. Mostly on such occasion I say something confounding that keeps unwarranted interest at bay.
I do not ask people to say anything interesting to me about them. I prefer to wait for an invitation. A life has someone whose life it is and it is better to be invited, even if it is not the innermost areas but as much as a compound, or a garden. Or a living room, or a study.
That is I think why I hardly ever initiate a social contact and once initiated, prefer to value the invite and take interest in what is shown to me. I might then develop and use the pathways over which there is a human connect.
This is not a very social model, and that explains why I have invites that tend to be thick once they happen. It does not mean I have personal favorites. But also makes me look selectively aloof … Hm, What am I going to say to others that is interesting?? I still need to figure out …