How To Introduce A Guest Speaker
Michael Ronayne's video is about how important it is to have someone introduce a guest speaker. He also goes into detail about what the introducer's role is. The introducer's job is to build up the speaker and make the speaker sound really wonderful so the audience will be more willing to listen to what the speaker has to say.
Hello, my name is Michael Ronayne. I'm a director of the college of public speaking and I'm going to be talking about different aspects of public speaking. To introduce a guest speaker, probably the first thing you need to think about is what is your relationship in relation to the guest and the audience.
Putting it simply, you are there in the middle. You see the chances are your audience may not know the guest speaker, they might have heard of him or her by reputation, but they won't know a lot about them. The chances are they will know you, so they are looking to you as a lead of how they should respond to this speaker.
So if you are introducing a speaker and you come across as a bit half-hearted or a bit disinterested, then the audience will pick that up and they will think well this isn't really worth listening to. So, your job introducing the speaker is to get the audience ready. I remember once I was asked to do a presentation to a business group about introducing a speaker and as I often do, I actually wrote my own introduction, I got the important words, successful, friendly set into it and when the lady introduced me she went way over the top, because that's what I wrote and she said in the last section about listening, she said "what Michael has to say today, it's really valuable information, it's life changing information, so I recommend you don't just listen to what he says, you get yourself a pen, get a piece of paper or notepad and take notes.
It really will be worth it. Now the point about that, and I obviously explained to the audience what I had done, the point about that was it's not that I like hearing people say wonderful things about me. It's that, by saying that, the speaker, or rather the introducer, got the audience ready.
What did they all do? They got pens out, they got paper out. Often you hear what you expect to hear. Someone tells you it's going to be brilliant, you think it's going to be brilliant, and you know what, it turns out actually to be brilliant.
So one thing you could do in introducing a speaker is you can build up that person because the person who's speaking is doing the job for you and if you build them up well they can do a better job. You see if the introducer says, Michael's done this, he's done that, he's fantastic, he's brilliant, everybody in the audience is going “Oh, I'm looking forward to hearing this” where as of course, if she doesn't do that, then I have to do it myself. I've done this, I've done that and I'm brilliant then the audience is thinking what a big head.
So the main role of the person introducing is to edify the speaker to build up the speaker so the speaker can do their job to the very best of their ability. .