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Being Introduced to Speak

by Ron Kurtus (revised 28 January 2000)

The manner in which you are introduced before you speak to a group—or even to an individual—is an important factor in the response you get. That is why you should make sure that you are properly introduced before you speak.

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Introduction affects audience response

The introduction to you as a speaker prepares the audience for what you have to say. It helps to them get in the proper frame of mind, as well as to lead them into your subject matter.

If the people are not familiar with you, it lets them know that you are an authority or knowledgeable about the subject matter. In fact, the introduction you get can actually be considered part of your speech or talk.

Make sure it is a good introduction

Although you do not have complete control over what another person is going to do, you can make some efforts to get the type of introduction you want. Giving the type of introduction material you want will help assure a good lead-in to you.

One way to make sure you are properly introduced is to give a written outline to the person doing the introduction. This not only tells the toastmaster or master-of-ceremonies what you feel is important, but it also makes the person's job easier.

Just remember that giving the person a well-written introduction is no guarantee that you will be properly introduced. You should realize that the person introducing you might not completely follow your script or may even ignore it.

Suggested format to use

Some people make introductions that are flowery and rambling. They often think it is an opportunity for them to be clever. Giving them concise notes on what is important on your speech will help them keep on track.

There is also the problem that if there is too much written about you, the person will not get to the important points. Again, being concise in what you write for your introduction is important.

What I suggest is to give a sheet of paper, or better yet a 3x5 card, with notes on:

  1. Qualifications on subject matter: "Has studied bees for 12 years."
  2. Job information: "Works as a clerk for Ace Trucking Company."
  3. Personal tidbit: "Hobby is skiing."
  4. Title of speech
  5. Name

Reading this material, in order, would result in a nice introduction that is to the point. It should prepare the audience for you and get them in the mood for an excellent speech or presentation.

Summary

It is important to be properly introduced to the audience before you speak. It prepares them for your subject and shows your credentials. Make sure you get a good introduction by giving the moderator a concise outline of information about you. This will help the success of your speech or presentation.


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