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“Ladies and Gentlemen… Please welcome (Insert Your Name Here)!”

Most speakers know the value of a good introduction. It’s a simple and brief way of letting the audience know who the speaker is, what he/she will be covering, and what he/she can do for the audience.

Your stage introduction has the power to influence your audience’s expectations of what’s about to happen. So don’t just say to the host “Whatever you want to say is good” or “You can use the bio that's on my website.” Instead, take charge of crafting your own introductions so you can use them as tools to stir interest in you and your topic.

There are too many stories of what can and does happen when people leave their introductions to the whims of people who are quick to say things like, “Don’t worry…I’ve got this.” What if this happened to you?

  • What if someone claimed to know exactly how to introduce you, but as soon as they started speaking it was perfectly clear that they didn’t know anything about you or your topic?
  • How about when someone ends up “revealing” aspects of your presentation that you planned on “unveiling” as an integral part of your presentation. Yikes!

Need another good reason as to why it’s important to craft your own intros? Check out  Professional speaker Douglas Kruger's video about what happened to him.

Now that you’ve written your introduction, make sure you take steps to ensure that it gets to where it’s supposed to be, when it’s supposed to.

  • Email your PDF introduction to whoever might need it. This could be a couple of people—perhaps the event planner and the event emcee. (The reason for sending it as a PDF is to make sure that it arrives free of any formatting problems.)
  • CC yourself in that email too. That way, if the host can’t find it in their email, all you have to do is access your email and forward it to them again.
  • Bring at least one print copy to the event with you, and make sure you have it with you right up until it’s time to take the stage.

Lastly, it’s important to keep introductions up to date. As speakers, we’re always growing, and every successful event adds to our resume and speaking expertise. I’m not suggesting that you use your introduction as a way to brag. It’s just a fact that you’re getting better and better with each event, and that’s something that can be crafted into your introduction too.

What are your thoughts on introductions? Have you had an experience with either a great or terrible introduction? I’d love to hear about it!