3 Steps To Easily Introduce Yourself

by Carl Kwan on May 5, 2011

I’ve noticed that it’s not easy to find great tips on introducing yourself, especially video samples of how to introduce yourself. And since this is really important to do this well in a presentation, I decided to share with you a fantastic and simple technique to introduce yourself.

The Elevator Pitch

Do you know what an elevator pitch is? It’s a short, 15-30 second explanation of who you are and what you do. It was developed to help business people be prepared when suddenly faced with their dream prospect or partner. Since everyone is so busy, it’s important to know what to say to your dream prospect or partner in a quick way that gets your message across. And that’s how the elevator pitch came about.

Okay, so what does that have to do with presentation skills? A LOT!

The beginning of your presentation is when you create the first and most powerful impression on your audience. If you can’t simply and quickly tell them who you are and why they should be interested in listening to you, they might tune out even before you get to your main idea.

But being prepared with an elevator pitch can help you get through the start of your presentation with confidence. This is important because that confidence can carry you through the entire presentation.

The three elements of an elevator pitch to introduce yourself are:

  1. Saying your name and company
  2. Stating the value you provide or specialty
  3. Explaining who you can help or how you can help

The video shows you in more detail how to incorporate the three elements I just mentioned. The key is for you to practice until you can do it smoothly and confidently. This will be a great help, not only for presentations, but also in business or any other professional setting where you need to talk about who you are.

If you can’t see the above YouTube video, please click here to see the MP4 version: “3 Steps To Easily Introduce Yourself”

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