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How to Introduce a Speaker

Introductions should be graceful, witty and fun—fun to hear and fun to give. The following guide-lines will help you organize an introduction for a speaker.

  • Give star billing to the speaker. Don’t be a scene stealer. Direct the group’s attention to the speaker.
  • Know what the speaker will be talking about and plan your introduction around that topic. Don’t make a preliminary talk of your own.
  • Emphasize to the audience the speaker’s expertise and experience in the topic.
  • Set the mood for the speaker and the speech.
  • Be brief! Introductions should be 30 to 45 seconds so make every word count.

Reprinted from the Toastmasters manual When You’re The Introducer.