Whenever possible, arrange for someone else to quiet down the audience and review details such as where to find coffee and how to access the restrooms. After these details, allow the person to introduce you.
Many presenters shy away from being introduced, feeling more comfortable telling their own story. They worry that it seems pretentious. It is not pretentious; it’s smart. Another person can establish your credibility in a way that is difficult to do for yourself. Another person can laud you for all you have accomplished, letting the audience know how lucky they are to have you as their speaker for the day. You stand nearby, looking humble, ready to begin with an attention-grabbing opening.
It also gives your client the opportunity to look good for bringing in someone with national, expert credentials. It sends the message to the audience that management is serious about supporting this new learning initiative.
To make the most of an introduction, prepare a simple bio that highlights the points you feel are most critical for your audience to know about you, and carry a few printed copies with you. Depending on your work, you might have several different versions for different audiences.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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