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All comments are modified from Alida Bedford www.Port.AC.UC/ASK, 2015 to reflect project manager point of view. This post is not intended to add anything new but to share great insights obtained from University Background that might be helpful to other Project Managers.
Learning how to start a presentation is just as important as knowing how to finish it. It is the beginning of the conversation that can make or break it in capturing your audience’s attention.
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1. Signaling the start
OK, then, shall we start?
OK, then, I’d like to begin.
Let’s start ...
Good morning/afternoon, ladies and gentlemen/everyone.
Thank you for coming.
I’m very happy that you’ve come here today.
First of all, I’d like to introduce myself.
My name is ...
Let me start with just a few words about myself/my own background.
I’m ................(name) from ...............(country/city).
I’m from ...........(organisation).
I work as a ..............(job) for ................(organisation).
I study .........(subject) at ................(university). I’m in my third year.
I represent ............/ I’m a representative of ...
4.Introducing the subject
Today, I’m going to talk about...
I’d like to talk to you today about ...
I’m going to present the recent .../inform you about .../describe ...
The subject/focus/topic of my talk/presentation/speech is ...
5.Stating the purpose
We are here today to decide/learn about/discuss ...
The aim/objective/purpose today is to update you on .../give you the background to ...
In my presentation today I’ll be discussing .../I’m going to explain ...
What I’d like to do today is to present ...
6.Outline (main points/sequencing/length)
I’ve divided my presentation into four parts/sections. They are ...
My presentation will consist of ...
Right, I’d like to begin with my first point.
Firstly/First of all ....................I will ...
Secondly/then/next ................I would like to ...
Thirdly / and then we come to ...
After that/later........................I’m going to talk about / look at ...
Finally/lastly/last of all I’d like to analyze/discuss/look at/consider/explain/tell you about/ show you how/speak to you about ...
I’d be glad to answer any questions at the end of my talk.
If you have any questions, please feel free to interrupt.
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I tackle this very topic in one of my blog entries:
Start Your Presentation By Getting People’s Attention
Getting your audience’s attention from the beginning is the most important thing one can do in starting a presentation. Yes, you want to introduce yourself and complete the formalities as quickly as possible, but without grabbing their attention, you’ve already lost them. Remembering the importance of capturing the attention of who you’re speaking to will set you up for the many other strategies we convey.
Welcome Them With A Thank You
Another important formality is welcoming your audience with a thank you. It shows both sincerity and appreciation and additionally establishes the sense of community with your audience. A great example of this is welcoming them coupled with a thank you for the opportunity to speak, pitch or share.
Thank you for the information George!
Memorize Your First Opening Line
In general it is not a good idea to memorize your entire speech. It is however a good idea to memorize the beginning 4 – 10 sentences. This is critical because it allows you to feel confident and ride the wave of confidence as you continue your presentation. Even marketers and sales people can benefit from this approach with slides they use to further buttress their messaging. Most people think the best presenters wing it. While this is true, they typically practice and memorize the beginning and ending of their talks. This is a professional practice you should always leverage to your advantage.
State The Purpose Of Your Presentation
Generally your audience will know your purpose or why you’re there but you want to be sure make it clear to them. For example, as a sales person you may be pitching to win a marketing and leasing assignment of a building in New York. As you begin to pitch the owner’s management team, they’ll know you’re there to talk about how you can help market and lease their building. But another approach can be changing the purpose to “I’m here discuss our team’s capabilities but more importantly discuss strategies you can implement and why they would be effective.” Thinking about the purpose gives you that northern star to point throughout your presentation and they’ll constantly revert back to it.
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