How can you ensure that you get the introduction you want for your presentation?
Write the introduction that you want the introducer to deliver.
The purpose of the introduction is to build the anticipation of the audience for your presentation. You want them thinking, “Yeah, I’m looking forward to this.”
The only way to ensure that your introducer says the right thing is to give him the script to read.
Type your introduction so that it fits one page. Print it in at least 14 point and double spaced. It should take less than 60 seconds to read. At the top of page print “Read exactly as written.”
Meet your introducer before your presentation. Pronounce your full name and ask him to repeat it to get it right – even (especially) if it’s a long time friend or colleague. You don’t want to embarrass him by saying your name wrong. It happened to me.
Hand the typed introduction to your introducer and instruct him to read it exactly as written.
Even if you do all of this someone will sabotage you. They don’t mean to – they just do because of their nervousness, misplaced enthusiasm or self delusional cleverness.
Smile while they massacre your introduction. They mean well. They just didn’t follow instructions well. Don’t tell anybody about the slight. That would be counterproductive.
When you hear your name, stride confidently on stage and deliver your presentation.