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Tips on Making Great Introductions

  1. Ask for a biography rather than a resume.
  2. Beware of canned introductions.
  3. Interview the speaker if possible.
  4. Make sure your introduction answers the questions, “Why this speaker?”
  5. Be upbeat!
  6. Share something personal about the speaker.
  7. Don’t steal the speaker’s thunder or material.
  8. Don’t say, “Our speaker needs no introduction.”
  9. If you are going to use humor, clear it with the speaker first.
You are punctual with information, truthful about speakers and their appeal to different audiences and make it easy for us to communicate through you to the speakers. You have consistently provided us with excellent speakers over the past fifteen years and working with you is always a pleasure.
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