Many people see the speech, not the public speaker. So as a public speaker, you must know how to introduce yourself in a public speaking. You want to attract the audience’s attention, whether they look at you or your speech.
Imagine a person who enters the hall. He stands behind the tribune and says he is the manager of X company and he experienced these situations before. Now compare him to a public speaker who stands on the stage, talks as fast as he can, and when he leaves, people ask each other who that person was and what was his position?
We have three kinds of introductions:
1- Weak introduction
A person who comes to a presentation saying: “I’ve had read some books and I want to share that information with you. I hope that’s enough.”
Well, you probably say: “Who is this person? He has read one or two books, and he wants to lecture me?”
These kinds of people think they are the best public speakers in the world and the best person on earth.
This sort of talk bores the audience. The audience will say: “Uh, how much he fancies himself, it’s disgusting and boring! He’s very arrogant. How can I learn something from this person?”
3- Short but professional introduction
This kind of introduction takes no time. Almost four or five sentences are enough, but you should transfer a certain amount of useful data within that short time.
In this article, we want to talk about this sort of introduction.
How to introduce yourself shortly and professionally?
First, if there is a showrunner, make sure he pronounces your name correctly. Your last name might be hard, long, or unfamiliar. So write it on paper and give it to the showrunner before the presentation starts.
You have to set things right with the showrunner. Once, I had a presentation, and the showrunner wanted to call me to go up on the stage and talk. He read the name of my book wrong. He couldn’t match the vowel sounds of it. So I learned we have to coordinate the whole plan together.
Second, it’s best if you learn how to introduce yourself within your talks.
Use authentic and reliable stories. For example, I am in a presentation about paying attention to the numbers and statistics. I can say: “When I was practicing presentation with one of our senators, I told him to do that. He did, and it was successful.”
In this sentence, I introduced myself while using a credible story about a senator. It means I am so professional and high-leveled that I even tutor this kind of people. This way, you give yourself some credit without being considered selfish and arrogant, and at the same time, the audience can learn something from your story.
Third, change your speaking style based on the situation. For example, if I have a presentation among people from the market, I have to lower my level to theirs because it might not be effective if they know I worked with a senator.
So we need to see for which kind of audience we are presenting and alter our speaking style into theirs.
You may be worried and say: “I don’t have many records, certificates, credibility, and resume. How can I introduce myself?”
My answer to this question is that you can borrow some of others credibility. Imagine you are someone who wants to talk about optimism. For example, I can say: “hi, I am Payam Bahrampoor, and I want to talk about taught optimism. It is an essential feature in our lives, and professor Martin Seligman has worked on it so hard. He is the administer of the American Psychology club in America…”
I used his credibility and showed the audience that I’ve studied this famous person’s work.
As you can see, it’s like you came not to talk about yourself but to refer to someone else’s reputability. The audience will notice you, even more, when you use famous names, and you will be a reliable source for them.
You can grab a paper and a pen right now and start writing an introduction. You need to write only four or five sentences. With practice, you can learn how to introduce yourself and talk about it without looking at your paper.