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Introductions: When You are the One Who Will Be Introduced
When you are scheduled to give a presentation, your preparation should include making sure you are properly introduced. Here are guidelines to follow, which supplement those outlined in the last article.
Write your own introduction.
Practice reading your introduction out loud to make sure it sounds pleasing to the ear. Rewrite any copy that sounds awkward or might be difficult to deliver smoothly.
Pay special attention to the pronunciation of words, especially the names of people. It is wise to write out how a word would sound if there is any possibility it will be mispronounced. For example, in my introduction, I might indicate that my name be pronounced as FREED MUN since on occasion it's been mispronounced as Fried (as in French Fried) Man.
Identify the person introducing you, and provide him or her with a copy of the introduction in advance of the event. Encourage that person to read it out loud several times to become comfortable with the copy.
Check with your introducer before the event to review copy and answer questions.
Insist that your copy is read exactly as you have written it. You have spent a considerable amount of time preparing the presentation and the accompanying introduction, and you have the right to expect skillful delivery of what you have prepared. Your written introduction should not be an opportunity for the introducer to editorialize.
Thank your introducer after the event. Some professional speakers offer the person a small gift, either an autographed copy of a book the speaker has written or an item bearing the logo of the speaker's organization. At the very least, write and mail a thank you note.
Mitchell Friedman, APR provides consulting, training, and coaching in writing, media interview preparation, presentation skills, Internet public relations, and other communication skills. For more information, see http://www.mitchellfriedman.com .