How to introduce a speaker

February 12, 2023

2 min read

Introducing a speaker is an important responsibility that can be nerve-wracking for many people. It is often the first impression your audience will have of the speaker and sets the tone for their presentation, so it’s essential to do it right.

Fortunately, there are some simple tips you can follow to ensure that your introduction goes off without a hitch. Here are five tips on how to introduce a speaker in order to make sure they get off on the right foot with your audience.

1. Get the Basics Right:

Introducing someone should start with their name and a brief explanation of who they are and why they’re speaking. Make sure to include any relevant credentials or accomplishments so that the audience can have an idea of what to expect. Remember that the focus should be on the speaker and what they can deliver to the audience (as opposed to focusing on you)

2. Be Concise when you introduce the speaker:

Keep your introduction short and sweet. Avoid rambling on about the speaker’s background for too long, as it can come off as condescending. Let their speech do the talking

3. Know When to Give Away the Punchline:

If the speaker is going to be making a joke or revealing something important during their presentation, don’t give away the punchline in your introduction. This can ruin the surprise and lessen the impact of their words. It also sets them up for failure.

4. Use Positive Language:

It’s important to frame your introduction in a positive light. Avoid using any negative language such as “this speaker will try to convince you…” or “the speaker might not have much experience…”

5. Don’t Go Overboard with Praise for the speaker:

While it’s important to highlight the speaker’s accomplishments and qualifications, be careful not to go overboard with praise. Your introduction should set realistic expectations for the audience, so don’t make promises that can’t be kept.

Lastly, practice, practice, practice. Practicing your introduction in front of a mirror or a friend will help. You can also use Yoodli, an AI powered speech coach to practice your introduction and get AI powered analytics on your filler words, eye contact, content, structure, and more. If you’re in Toastmasters, you likely need to do this to introduce other club members – it’s a great way of getting exposure.

Following these simple tips will help ensure that your introduction is professional, engaging, and sets the speaker up for success. With a bit of practice, you can become an expert at introducing speakers! Good luck!


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