How to End a Speech of Introduction
Public speaking can be challenging, especially when at an important event. Speaking in front of an audience can be even more difficult when introducing an important or notable guest. Guest speakers often bring some sort of expertise or unique perspective on a topic. Introductory speeches are your opportunity to build excitement for the speaker and provide the audience with background information. To properly conclude an introductory speech, give the speaker’s name and title.
Give an overview of the speaker’s achievements and accolades. Describe the speaker’s expertise in his subject. For example, say, "I now want to introduce you to award-winning environmentalist John Smith, who has written more than 10 books on green energy in California."
Present a summary of what the guest will discuss. For example, you might say, “I would now like to introduce the intelligible Nancy Green, who will present on how upcoming policy changes will affect green energy and what we can do to address these changes.”
Give the reason the organization selected the speaker. Say, for example, “I would like to introduce Bryan Frazier, who is an expert in all areas of the field and we are thankful he is here to share his knowledge this evening.”
State the speaker's title. “I now introduce to you Karen Smith, environmental activist and professor of urban planning at UCLA.”
Christina Whitaker began her writing career in 2005 in newspaper journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and a law degree. Her legal experience includes work in Federal Court, and civil and criminal litigation. She also maintains a blog on social, pop-culture and cultural matters.