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UCSF OCPD: How to Introduce a Speaker
 
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This brief guide explains how to introduce a speaker.

This brief guide explains how to introduce a speaker.

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  • Not degree expectedJ Petersen (medicine)Yi Song? – PostdocEducating them to take charge of career development:IDP?Students to establish themselvesnursing alum who came back – bad placement – idea for nursing students. Part of nursing session.Also used for student in clinical placement – JT
  • Not degree expectedJ Petersen (medicine)Yi Song? – PostdocEducating them to take charge of career development:IDP?Students to establish themselvesnursing alum who came back – bad placement – idea for nursing students. Part of nursing session.Also used for student in clinical placement – JT
  • Not degree expectedJ Petersen (medicine)Yi Song? – PostdocEducating them to take charge of career development:IDP?Students to establish themselvesnursing alum who came back – bad placement – idea for nursing students. Part of nursing session.Also used for student in clinical placement – JT

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  • How to Introduce a SpeakerPrepared by Naledi Saul The University of California, San Francisco
  • How to Introduce a Speaker Skillfully 1. The purpose of introducing a speaker 2. The format (length and content) of a speaker’s introduction 3. Common mistakes to avoid 4. Sample introductions© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • The Purpose of Introducing a Speaker A speaker’s introduction is an opportunity to help your audience:  Learn more about the speaker’s background and area of expertise  Understand why the speaker has been invited, or is being honored And it’s….  A chance to publicly thank the person for speaking© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Length & Content of Your Introduction A. Length: Keep it short – no more than 1-2 minutes B. Content: Standard: 1. Current position 2. The names of 1-2 (not all) previous positions 3. Academic training 4. 1-2 awards/recognitions Optional: 1. Why the speaker was invited 2. Any 1 point about what you are personally interested in hearing.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes Appreciate your role as the introducer!  You are the first chance to connect the audience and speaker with each other.  If your respect and genuine appreciation for the speaker comes across in your introduction, it launches the talk/presentation/etc. wonderfully. Don’t just read their bio verbatim.  Bios can be long. The audience doesn’t need to know every piece of information about the speakers.  Like a great curator, you are picking and presenting the most tantalizing pieces for your audience.  That, along with a sentence about your own excitement or appreciation, will make your introduction personal and interesting.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes Practice sounding out any names/words you are not familiar with.  It is polite to ask the speaker or a colleague. “Can you share the correct pronunciation for “Technische Universitaet Berlin”? Make eye contact with both the audience and the speaker when introducing them.  A lot of times, introducers get lost in their notes, because they are reading the bio verbatim.  Instead, begin by memorizing your first sentence so you can look at the audience, look up at least twice from your notes, and end looking at the speaker, when thanking them for speaking.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Sample Introduction 1  I am thrilled to welcome and to introduce you to someone who needs little introduction – Dr. Marie Sklodowska-Curie.  Dr Curie is a chemist and a physicist. Most known for her work in – in fact coining the term – radioactivity, she is also the discoverer of both polonium and radium.  As a leader in her field, she established the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw, and remains the only person to win the Nobel Prize in multiple scientific fields.  Please join me in warmly welcoming our keynote speaker, Dr. Curie.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Sample Introduction 2  It is my deep pleasure to introduce a woman I consider a role model, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell.  For those of you not familiar with Dr. Blackwell’s background – she is distinguished as the first woman to achieve a medical degree in the United States, which she received in 1849.  Since then, she has been a trailblazer in the field of medicine, establishing the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.  An advocate for education, she launched both the Women’s College at the Infirmary on 1868 and later co-created the London School of Medicine for Women in London.  As a first year medical student, Dr. Blackwell is a personal inspiration. She stands out as a champion in maternal and child health, and is counted as a colleague, mentor and a friend to many of us in the audience today.  Dr. Blackwell, thank you for speaking today.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • Sample Introduction 3  It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Albert Einstein.  Dr. Einstein counts both the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich as his alma maters, where he studied both mathematics and physics.  His career has spanned from the University of Leiden and Kaiser Wilhelm institute, to the Prussian Academy of Sciences and the Swiss patent office.  His work explores a breathtaking scope of of theoretical physics, culminating in a groundbreaking work in particle theory, and general relatively. I know I am not alone today in wanting to hear more about his thoughts on today’s topic: the innovation and limitations of Newtonian mechanics.  Dr. Einstein has many honors and awards reflecting the impact of his work, including the Max Planck Medal and 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Albert Einstein.© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
  • For More Help  Want more help crafting or practicing your introduction?  Make an appointment by calling 476.4986.  Or make the appointment in person at the OCPD. The UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development is located on the Parnassus campus, in the Medical Sciences Building. 513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S140© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.