Lesson 15º









Normally the person who is responsible for the event is in charge of presenting the speaker, often giving some basic information about this person.

This presentation, as you expect, is flattering, however there shouldn't be too many exagerations.

"I have the pleasure in introducing D. Gumersindo Bisoñez, who is an authentic expert in the material, a world leading figure with great prestige, a light which enlightens the path of progress, a clear example of knowing how to do things, a true professional, friend of his friends, defender of all causes....bla bla bla".

In the presentation the person who introduces the speaker should only give out the information on the speaker which is related to the theme which he/she is going to talk about, which will help the audience to place the speaker.

For example, if you are going to talk about organ translants it is a good idea to comment on the possible experience that you have in this field, and don't simply say that you are a doctor.

If the speaker has received significant prizes, acknowledgements, etc which are related to the material that he/she is going to talk about, it is a good idea to offer this information so that the public has an exact valuation of the person that is going to speak.

When the speaker starts, he/she will start by thanking the presenter in a simple way looking at him when he/she speaks.

For example: "Many thanks, D. Roberto, for those very kind welcoming words".

You should avoid false modesty: "thank you for those undeserved words".

You will then go on and greet the public, trying to start by looking at everyone in the room (if you greet without looking, whilst you are organizing your support notes, the greeting will look very cold and merely protocol).

You need to avoid what some people do when going up on to the stage. They take their time (which lasts an eternity) to organize their notes, the microphone, drink water, etc without having previously greeted the people (as this doesn't look very good).

If nobody introduces the speaker, he/she will have to introduce himself/herself.

After greeting the public, you need to give some basic facts about your biography (they don't need to know what is on your Curriculum Viate).

For example, if you are going to talk about international politics, you can say that you are a teacher on this subject in such a university, or that you are a member of the committee of exterior matters in such a political party, etc..don' t boast too much.

What you shouldn't do is mention the possible diplomas, titles that you might have received as this can look pretentious (making the public take a negative view of you).

"I am a merited teacher from the Royal and Ilustrious College of Arquitects in Malaga, extordinary end of course results, number one in my year, awarded with the Great Segismundo Cross, awarded from my valuable scientific contributions, bla bla bla".

You must not forget that the audience awards himility and hates ostentation.