Month: August 2012

The last word in introducing the speaker…

The last word in introducing the speaker…

There are many components to doing an introduction of the next speaker/role but one thing is the same in all properly done introductions. That is to have the last thing you say be … the name of the speaker.

In a toastmasters meeting, we have many introductions as we pass control of the meeting to the next role or introduce the next prepared speech.

EVERY introduction, regardless of how long it is, is best when it ends with the name of the person being introduced. In Toastmasters meetings it even helps people know when to start clapping. 🙂

This does NOT mean that you may only say the person’s name once and at the end, in fact you may user the person’s name more than once. But please always end your introuction with their name.

A basic example: instead of

Please welcome up todays general evaluator, John, to describe his role and tell us what he will be doing in the meeting today.
Consider trying
Our next speaker is the general evaluator who will introduce the evaluation team. Please welcome up today’s general evaluator … John!