You never get a second chance to make a first impression! That's why in my classes I always make sure students can introduce themselves in a professional way before we start any work on the actual presentation itself. This can then be used in many work situations, eg. meetings, social events, and negotiations.
The beginning of any presentation is so important. This is when you should establish rapport; to understand each others feelings and ideas - to communicate with your audience.
Here are two great ways to start:
Good morning/afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming today.
Good morning/afternoon ladies and gentlemen ( more formal.)
Then, moving onto your introduction:
My name is........ I am (position in company, ie. sales director, HR manager, etc.) for (name of company).
I am responsible for (main responsiblities).
I would like to talk to you today about ...( subject of presentation.)
Once you have worked out your introduction, the next step is to practice it like a script, until it is automatic! This is really important so that it sounds confident, natural and fluent.
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