How Not to Introduce a Speaker | LinkedIn

Found this article while reading through LinkedIn. These are some excellent tips should you find yourself introducing a speaker for an event. Quick summary below, but check out the whole story on LinkedIn.


When I attend a presentation, the first thing that captures my attention isn’t the speaker or the material. It’s the person who introduces the speaker.

After giving a few hundred speeches in the past year, I’ve been struck by the variety of ways that different people introduce the same speaker. Some introductions energize me and seem to leave the audience excited to hear from me. Other introductions inadvertently make it more difficult to deliver a successful speech.

In my experience, the best introductions avoid three mistakes:

  1. Don’t read the speaker’s biography

  2. Don’t give away the speaker’s content

  3. Don’t make the speaker sound superhuman