February 25; How To Get A Thoughtful Introduction
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25 February

For it isn’t he who commends himself who is approved,

but whom the Lord commends.

2 Corinthians 10:18

How To Get A Thoughtful Introduction

Humble Disclosure

A few years ago Your Business Professor was privileged to introduce Steve Forbes at a fundraising event with 900 of my closest friends. I was tempted to honor him with the short and flattering introduction by saying, “Here’s Steve Forbes, who needs no introduction…”

But most of us will need to be introduced to an audience.  So when your big break comes to speak publically on you field of expertise, how do you know it will be done right?

How do you that know you’ll get that classy intro, with just the right touch?

You know your introduction will be perfect. Because you will write it yourself. This is something Winston Churchill would do.

Remember, history was very good to Churchill because he wrote it himself.

Here’s an introduction outline wither your are giving or receiving:

  • Two minutes, 250 words.
  • Say hello as if to a single person. Forget the other 899.
  • The current gig and what gives you the right. Credentials & qualifications.
  • The topic.
  • So What? Review why we are all here and why we should care.
  • Join me in welcoming and start clapping…

Remember, a good introduction serves as a stepping-stone, a smooth segue to project influence of You the Keynoter. An exciting transition that says things about you that you could never, should never say about yourself. So you will have put words into someone else’s mouth.

In this way you get the weight of the reputation of the introducer who recommends you.

Someone else must brag on you as II Corinthians 10:18 says, For it isn’t he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

You cannot talk about yourself on how terrific you are – but someone else’s voice can.

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