Remember, high-quality self-introduction is a carefully selected collection of information, a hard work, which only slightly resembles an improvisation. Don’t postpone writing an important self-introductory speech and count on sudden inspiration at the very last moment. Instead, prepare your speech in advance.
To begin preparing a speech about yourself, write on a separate sheet of paper the most important biographical information (place of study, diplomas, certificates, etc.), all your professional achievements on another sheet, and the third sheet – all positive personal qualities. It will be better if you devote more than ten minutes to this procedure. Aim to do this exercise thoughtfully and incrementally, returning to the task over several days. The quality of the output would definitely be worth it.
Now think about appropriate linguistic tricks (epithets, metaphors, comparisons, etc.) you want to include in your self-introduction. Use these expressive features with care so that your speech does not become stylistically like a fable.
Before writing a good self-introductory speech, a good speaker ponders over three questions:
- Who am I speaking to? What do these people know and what they don’t know about me?
- Why and in what situation will these people hear me speaking?
- Why are they interested in me and my product?
Let’s say a job candidate is preparing to write a speech:
– For a recruiter who needs a writer in business media.
Why and how will he hear my speech?
– He will listen to me during the job interview after (or before) many similar speeches by other candidates. So, he has little time and there is high competition.
What does he want?
– As quickly as possible to find an adequate candidate who will fill in the job gap and solve the company’s problems.
The goal of the candidate, based on this logic: “To help a recruiter immediately see that I will solve writing problems in his business media.”
Anything this candidate will now write will work for the good of his self-introductory speech. Each creative idea to target his listener will help him achieve his goal. Anything off-topic should be dropped.
Detailed Rules for Writing a Self-Introduction Speech
- The speech should be understandable and clear to the listener. It should be easy to perceive, interesting, and engaging. For ease of reading and memorizing, any text needs to be formatted correctly – into paragraphs of 3-4 lines.
- The tonality of the text of your introduction should not be too official or dry. Also, do not get carried away with epithets or aphorisms. Though, a little improvisation won’t hurt.
- It’s a story about you. Hence, you need to start with a name and education/specialization.
- Describe your reason for being in this place at this very moment (looking for a job, meeting new colleagues, representing your company at an event, etc.).
- Trust. Describe in detail why you should be trusted. That is, tell about your experience: professional skills, education, work experience, etc.
- Interest. Why was it all started or the goal that needs to be achieved? For example, get to know your colleagues better and share your experience, get a dream job, etc.
- Benefit. Here it is necessary to tell about how you can be useful, or what is so unique about you.
The Secret to Good Speech
As much as it is about you, a good speech should also be about your listener. In particular, what worries the audience, what are their concerns and interests?
Examples of a poor self-introduction speech text:
- How good I am
- What a good product I am going to sell to you
- How the world works
- How I will benefit from our cooperation
- I’m good, I’m handsome, I speak like a God
Examples of a good self-introduction speech text:
- How my qualities (achievements, skills, experience, etc.) will be useful to you
- How this item (product) will solve your problem
- How you live in this world
- How you will benefit from my participation
You should never forget that a good speech is inseparable from good looks. People not only listen to what you say, but they also pay attention to how you look – what you wear, how you move, what gestures you make while talking, what you look at while speaking.
Behavioral scientists say that we pay more attention to visual information than to what we hear. Your speech text maybe thousand times great and outstanding, but it is no less important HOW you deliver it, whether you sound confident, inspiring, honest, and even humorous, if applicable. Also aim to practice your speech in front of a mirror or to your friends and family.
Keep these tips in mind and your self-introduction will always be successful.