How to Introduce a Speaker

Why a speech of Introduction?

The introductory remarks by which a speaker is presented to his/her audience are an important aspect of public speaking. Listeners will be a more perceptive and appreciative audience if they understand what the speaker is undertaking. One function of the introduction is to establish the proper "mental set" so the group will know what to look for.

A good introduction contributes to the speaker's authority by making it clear that he or she speaks from special preparation, knowledge or experience.

What Should the Introducer Say?

Speeches of introduction should not be flat or stereotyped. They should be graceful, witty and fun... fun to hear and fun to give. Here is a set of guidelines that will serve as a handy system in organizing the facts that have been collected about the speaker. It is the T-I-S formula, as presented by Dale Carnegie in his book, EFFECTIVE SPEAKING.

  1. T stands for TOPIC. Start you introduction by giving the exact title of the speakers talk.
  2. I stands for IMPORTANCE. In this step you bridge over the area between the topic and the particular interest of the group.
  3. S stands for SPEAKER. Here you list the speaker's outstanding qualifications, particularly those that related to his/her topic. Finally, you give the speaker's name distinctly and clearly.
From this point you can use your imagination. Tying the formula to the information that you have gathered, take no more than 30-45 seconds to introduce the speaker. Make it short, and make it count.

Summarized from When You are the Introducer (Toastmasters 1167E)

Sample Introductions

Example One:

Our speaker today is Patricia Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the Librarian at the Business Link : Business Service Centre. In her job she deals with small business owners and those thinking of starting a business to help them find the information they need to start or run their businesses. In her spare time she has served as a Board Member with Edmonton Community Network, and as a volunteer trainer teaching people how to use the Internet and create web pages.

Based on her knowledge, enthusiasm and experience she is eminently qualified to speak to us today about Business Resources on the Internet. Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome, Patricia Nelson.

Example two:

We are delighted to have a very special person with us today to give us a presentation. Jeff Singh is a Professional Engineer, a graduate of the University of Alberta. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1995. Upon graduation from the University of Alberta, Mr. Singh worked for the Alberta Energy Department as an energy supply analyst. He then moved on to a position with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as a policy analyst involved with negotiating royalty rates with the provincial government. Following that Mr. Singh has worked with Amoco Oil in numerous locations around the globe. He has worked on several international committees analyzing petroleum production and supply trends and forecasts.

We are delighted to have Mr. Singh with us today to present his findings about royalty payment options in various countries and world forecasts for supply and demand in the coming decade.

Please help me welcome Jeff Singh.


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