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How to Make an About Me or Self Introduction Video

Feb 11, 2022

It may be hard to talk about yourself. But making a video about yourself can be pretty easy, even if you don’t know exactly where to start.


How To Introduce Yourself in a Video Presentation

Posted by Belinda Huckle  |  On April 28, 2021  |  In Online Presenting

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1. Get the basics right

2. grab the audience’s attention at the start, 3. make your audience the hero, 4. earn the right to be heard.

  • 5. Set the scene 

6. Personal disclosure

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How you introduce yourself in a video presentation will set the scene for the rest of the meeting. Your first words will give the audience an instant indication of how confident you are, why you’re qualified to talk on the subject, and what they can expect from the presentation. 

Have you ever found yourself about to start a virtual presentation and stumbling over your first words? You’ve finished the deck, you know your subject, you’ve rehearsed the presentation, but you’re not sure how to bridge that gap between ‘hello’ and getting started. Well, you’re not alone. The hardest part of any presentation is always the beginning.

First impressions really count, especially online, so think of your introduction as the key building block of a memorable and convincing presentation. But it’s not as easy as it sounds, so make sure you put as much effort into your introduction as you do for the rest of the deck. Here are our top tips to help you introduce yourself and create a great first impression online.

How to introduce yourself in a video presentation

6 tips to introduce yourself in a video presentation like a pro 

Research by Tricia Prickett and Professor Frank Bernieri of Oregon State University has found that, in most communication situations, speakers only have fifteen seconds to   make a good first impression with their audience. And that’s when you are in the same room. When you’re presenting in-person things like appearance, clothes, accent, how we shake hands are all important, albeit very basic factors for creating a positive first impression.

But there is a big difference between presenting face-to-face versus online , so many of these factors are irrelevant when we’re delivering a virtual presentation or speaking at an online meeting. In reality, in this environment we probably have even less time to make a good first impression because many of the usual cues are missing. So you really need to know, and practise, the basic skills, tips and techniques of how to introduce yourself in a video presentation to help you overcome these limitations!

When we’re communicating online the basics include:

  • Good lighting : This is a must! If people can’t see you, your facial expressions, your eye connection – they’re not going to engage with you. For the simple reason that they can’t see you. If you’re not sure what your lighting looks like, jump on a Teams, Zoom or another VC platform call and take a screenshot. Then you can see (or not) what your audience sees. Lighting from behind the screen works best, so try out a few locations.
  • Camera at eye level : No one wants to be looking up your nose because you have your camera too low. So, either get a webcam and place it on the top of your screen – or easier and cheaper, raise your laptop by a foot or so (a pile of books will do the trick). And make sure the audience can see your head, shoulders and arms so that you can introduce gestures where appropriate.
  • Talk to your audience through the camera : Don’t talk to their image on your screen. Easier said than done, but it makes the world of difference. Don’t believe me?? Set up a VC meeting with a friend or colleague and record yourself speaking to them ‘through the camera’ versus to their screen image. You’ll never go back once you do.

There are a lot more tips on how to get the basics right in our recent blog which covers online body language tips . 

Grab the audiences attention at the start of a video presentation

Too many people start their presentation with ‘Hello, my name is blah blah and I’m the blah blah (role) of blah company. Yawn!

Instead, to better introduce yourself in a video presentationconsider grabbing the audience’s attention with a short story, 

Cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner   suggests we are 22 times more likely to remember a fact when it has been wrapped in a story.   This is because stories engage our emotions. They also create vivid pictures in our minds. The combination of both means audiences are far more likely to find us and our presentation more memorable.

If a story isn’t relevant, consider beginning with a startling statistic, an evocative image, or a graphic chart . Or maybe a question for the audience. All these techniques (as long as they’re relevant to your message in some way!) will help to grab the audience’s attention and get them engaged at the start of your presentation. 

Sometimes an attention grab isn’t an appropriate introduction. We get that. If this is the case then start your presentation by making the audience the hero of the presentation. Let them know what’s in it for them (WIIFT) e.g. What problem do you want to solve for them? Why is your presentation relevant to them, their role, their situation? How will they use the information from your presentation? How will what you have to share be helpful – now or in the future?

The more you can let the audience know that they are your ‘front & centre’ the more they’ll want to listen to what you have to share.

It’s all well and good drawing the audience in by letting them know that you have something relevant to share with them. But why should they listen to you? This is where earning the right to be heard and establishing your credibility is key. No, that doesn’t mean regaling them with your entire resume, or life-history. Just a sentence or two as to why you have authority of, expertise about, or experience of the subject.

5. Set the scene  

Set the scene at the start of a video presentation

Another great tip to help improve the way you introduce yourself in a video presentation is to effectively set the scene. Setting the scene may involve providing some context or background information to the presentation. It may also (and usually should, just like you would in a F2F meeting) include some housekeeping points like letting the audience know when you’d like them to ask questions. You know yourself that when you’re in an audience you usually prefer to ask questions as they pop into your head. So let the audience know, where you can, that they can ask questions along the way. Plus how should they do this – using the chat function, raising an e-hand, or a real hand, or, if it’s a small group, simply jumping in.

Depending on the size of the group you may need to let them know that you’ll be pausing at certain points during the presentation to answer questions . And/or if there will be a Q&A session at the end. Whatever option you choose, just let your audience know in advance. The same goes for information on whether the presentation will be recorded or if slides will be made available afterwards. And always let the audience know how long the presentation will be so they know what to expect. For specific tips on how to keep your audience engaged check out our recent blog on how to make an online presentation interesting .

Finally, your audience will not only want to know that you have the credibility to speak about the subject, they will also want to know a little bit about you as a person. So, consider sharing with them why you’re personally passionate about the subject, or especially grateful to have the opportunity to speak with them. Or is there something about your background that is unique or of potential interest to your listeners?  

It’s important for the audience to get a sense of who you are, so just be yourself and let your personality shine through. Remember, people prefer to listen to someone who comes across as their authentic self and who they feel they have a connection with. So, use personal disclosure to build rapport and bond with your audience.

Oh, and the best tip of all? Don’t forget to smile. It’s contagious!

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How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation [with Examples]

How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation with Examples

In this post, we are going to cover the best way, a very simple three-step process that will help you introduce yourself in a presentation. A summary of the steps is below.

  • Start with your name and company (or organization or school).
  • Tell your audience what problem you can solve for them.
  • Share some type of proof (social proof works best) that you can solve this problem.

I will break down each step into a simple-to-follow process. But first… a little background.

First, Identify What Your Audience Wants from Your Presentation

Create an Introduction for Yourself that Makes the Audience Care About the Topic

So, before you design your introduction, think about what your audience wants from your presentation. Why do they want to spend their valuable time listening to you? Are going to waste their time? Or, are you going to provide them with something valuable?

For instance, I have expertise in a number of different areas. I’m a public speaking coach, a keynote speaker, a best-selling author, a search engine optimization specialist, and a popular podcaster. However, if I delivered that sentence to any audience, the most likely reaction would be, “So what?” That sentence doesn’t answer any of the above questions. The statement is also really “me-focused” not “audience-focused.”

So, when I start to design my self-introduction, I want to focus just on the area of expertise related to my topic. I’m then going to answer the questions above about that particular topic. Once you have these answers, set them aside for a second. They will be important later.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation in Class.

If Everyone Already Knows You DON'T Introduce Yourself

Instead, you probably want to add in a fun way to start a speech . For example, instead of introducing yourself in your class speech and starting in an awkward way, start with a startling statistic. Or start with a summary of your conclusion. Or, you could start the presentation with an inspirational quote.

Each of these presentation starters will help you lower your nervousness and decrease your awkwardness.

If you are delivering a speech in a speech competition or to an audience who doesn’t know you try this technique. Just introduce yourself by saying your name , the school you represent , and your topic . Make it easy. This way you get to your content more quickly and lower your nervousness.

Typically, after you get the first few sentences out of the way, your nervousness will drop dramatically. Since your name, school, and topic should be very easy to remember, this takes the pressure off you during the most nervous moments.

Obviously, follow the guidelines that your teacher or coach gives you. (The competition may have specific ways they want you to introduce yourself.)

How to Introduce Yourself in a Business Presentation — A Step-by-Step Guide.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Business Presentation-A Step-by-Step Guide

In a professional setting, when new people walk into a meeting and don’t know what to expect, they will feel uncomfortable. The easiest way to ease some of that tension is to chat with your audience as they come into the room.

By the way, if you are looking for a template for an Elevator Speech , make sure to click this link.

Step #1: Start with your name and company name (or organization).

This one is easy. Just tell your audience your name and the organization that you are representing. If your organization is not a well-known brand name, you might add a short clarifying description. For instance, most people outside of the training industry have never heard of The Leader’s Institute ®. So, my step #1 might sound something like…

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company…

Still short and sweet, but a little more clear to someone who has never heard of my company.

Should you give your job title? Well… Maybe and sometimes. Add your title into the introduction only if your title adds to your credibility.

For example, if you are delivering a financial presentation and you are the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of your company, you might mention that. Your title adds to your credibility. However, if the CFO is delivering a presentation about the value of joining a trade association, the CFO title adds little credibility. So, there is very little value in adding the title.

Step #2: Tell your audience what problem you can solve for them.

Identify the Problem You Solve for Your Audience

For instance, if my topic is how to deliver presentations, I have to determine why the audience would care. What problem will they have that I can help them with? For my audiences, the problem that I most often help people with is how to eliminate public speaking fear. Once I have the problem, I add that to my introduction by using the words, “I help people…”

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company, and I help people eliminate public speaking fear.

However, if my topic is How to Close a Higher Percentage of Sales Presentations , I’d likely want to alter my introduction a little. I might say something like…

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company, and I help people design more persuasive sales presentations.

I have expertise in both areas. However, I focus my introduction on just the expertise that is applicable to this audience. If I gave the first introduction to the second audience, they will likely respond by thinking, well, I don’t really get nervous speaking, so I guess I can tune out of this speech .

So, create a problem statement starting with, “I help people…” Make the statement apply to what your audience really wants.

Step #3: Share some type of proof (social proof works best) that you can solve this problem.

By the way, if you just do steps #1 and #2, your introduction will be better than most that you will hear. However, if you add Step #3, you will gain more respect (and attention) from your audience. Without adding some type of proof that you can solve this problem, you are just giving your opinion that you are an expert. However, if you can prove it, you are also proving that you are an expert.

This is the tricky part. For some reason, most people who get to this part feel like they haven’t accomplished great things, so they diminish the great accomplishments that they do have.

For instance, an easy way to offer proof is with a personal story of how you have solved that problem in the past.

A Few Examples of How to Introduce Yourself Before a Presentation.

For instance, one of my early clients was a young accountant. When I was working with him, he came up with the following introduction, “I’m Gary Gorman with Gorman and Associates CPA’s, and I help small businesses avoid IRS audits.” It was a great, audience-focused attention-getter. (No one wants to get audited.) However, as an accountant, it wasn’t like his company was getting a lot of five-star reviews on Yelp! So, he was kind of struggling with his social proof. So, I asked him a series of questions.

Me, “How many clients do you have?”

Gary, “Over 300.”

Me, “How many small business tax returns have you processed?”

Gary, “Well, at least a couple hundred a year for 15 years.”

Me, “So, at least 3000?” He nodded. “How many of your 300 clients have been audited since you have been representing them?”

He looked at me and said, “Well, none.”

So, we just added that piece of proof to his talk of introduction.

I’m Gary Gorman with Gorman and Associates CPA’s, and I help small businesses avoid IRS audits. In fact, in my career, I’ve helped clients complete over 3000 tax returns, and not a single one has ever been audited.

Here Is How I Adjust My Introduction Based on What I Want the Audience to Do.

For my proof, I have a number of options. Just like Gary, I have had a lot of clients who have had great successes. In addition, I have published two best-selling books about public speaking. I also have hundreds of thousands of people who listen to my podcast each week. So, I can pick my evidence based on what I want my audience to do.

For instance, if I’m speaking at a convention, and I want the audience to come by my booth to purchase my books, my introduction might sound like this.

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company, and I help people eliminate public speaking fear. One of the things that I’m most know for is being the author of two best-selling books, Fearless Presentations and Mastering Presentations.

However, if I’m leading a webinar, I may want the audience to purchase a seat in one of my classes. In that case, my introduction might sound like this.

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company, and I help people eliminate public speaking fear. For instance, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught public speaking classes to over 20,000 people, and I haven’t had a single person fail to reduce their nervousness significantly in just two days.

If my goal is to get the audience to subscribe to my podcast, my intro might sound like…

Hi, I’m Doug Staneart with The Leader’s Institute ®, an international leadership development company, and I help people eliminate public speaking fear. One of the ways that I do this is with my weekly podcast called, Fearless Presentations, which has over one million downloads, so far.

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The point is that you want to design your introduction in a way that makes people pause and think, “Really? That sounds pretty good.” You want to avoid introductions that make your audience think, “So what?”

If you have a speech coming up and need a good introduction, complete the form below. We will send you your answers via email!

Can You Replace Your Introduction with a PowerPoint Slide?

Is it okay to make your first slide (or second slide) in your presentation slides an introduction? Sure. A good public speaker will often add an introduction slide with a biography, portrait, and maybe even contact information. I sometimes do this myself.

However, I NEVER read the slide to my audience. I often just have it showing while I deliver the short introduction using the guide above. This is a great way to share more of your work experience without sounding like you are bragging.

For tips about how many powerpoint slides to use in a presentation , click here.

Remember that There Is a Big Difference Between Your Introduction in a Presentation and Your Presentation Starter.

When you introduce yourself in a presentation, you will often just use a single sentence to tell the audience who you are. You only use this intro if the audience doesn’t know who you are. Your presentation starter, though, is quite different. Your presentation starter should be a brief introduction with relevant details about what you will cover in your presentation.

For details, see Great Ways to Start a Presentation . In that post, we show ways to get the attention of the audience. We also give examples of how to use an interesting hook, personal stories, and how to use humor to start a presentation.

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About Me Slides: How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation

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From conference talks to client demos, it’s always essential to include an About Me slide in any presentation you are giving. Introducing yourself early into the presentation helps build a better rapport with the audience.

You can start with several fun facts about me slide to break the ice or go for a more formal professional bio to explain your background and what makes you qualified to talk about the topic at hand. At any rate, your goal is to get the audience on your side by revealing some of your personality. 

How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation: 4 Approaches 

It’s a good practice to include self-introduction slides at the beginning of your presentation. If you are looking to answer how to introduce yourself professionally, typically somewhere after the title, opening slide , and the main agenda. However, the presentation structure will be somewhat different depending on whether you are presenting to a new audience or a group of people familiar with (e.g., your team, clients, or business partners). 

Here are four about me slide ideas you can try out, plus an About me template you can use to present yourself in a presentation. 

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1. Mention Your Name and Affiliations

Start with the introduction basics. State your name, company, title/position, and several quick facts about who you are and what you do. Even if you present to a familiar audience, a brief recap is always welcome. 

To keep things a bit more engaging, consider adding some lesser-known facts about yourself. For example:

  • Your interests 
  • Recent accomplishments
  • Testimonial/quote from a team member 
  • Fun nicknames you got 

The above can be nice ice breakers for less formal team presentations, project updates, or catch-ups with clients. 

Here are several unique About Me examples you can try out:

For a client case study presentation : 

“Hi, I’m Lynda, Chief Customer Success Specialist with Acme Corp. (Also, someone you thought was a chatbot for the first few encounters)

47 NPS | 15% Churn Rate | 40% repeat purchase rate”

For a team after-action review presentation :

Mike, Project Manager at Cool Project

(aka Maximizer)

Personal Project stats:

387 Slack messages answered

56 cups of coffee consumed

Project profit gross margin: $1.2 million 

2. Work On Your Elevator Pitch 

One of the best ways to introduce yourself in a presentation is to share a punchy elevator pitch. This works extra well if you are presenting to a new audience. 

An elevator pitch is a concise statement (1-2 sentences) that summarizes your unique strengths, skills, and abilities and explains how these can benefit your listener. 

It’s nice to have one ready for your presentations and networking in general since it helps you immediately connect with new people and communicate your value. 

Writing a solid elevator pitch may require several attempts and iterations. But the sooner you start — the faster you’ll arrive at the best formula! 

To get your creative juices flowing, here are several elevator pitch ideas you can incorporate in an introduction slide about yourself. 

For professionals: 

“Certified Salesforce Administrator, data visualization specialist, and analytics for top SaaS brands. I help businesses make more sense of their data to drive better outcomes”.

For a mentor :

“Adjunct professor of creative writing at Columbia University, published author, former lifestyle editor at Esquire, the New York Times. I can teach you how to find, shape, pitch, and publish stories for web & print.”

For a student: 

“Third-year Marine Biology student at Denver State Uni. Volunteer at Lake Life Protection NGO, climate change activist, looking to expand my research about water conservation”.

3. Answer Popular Questions or Assumptions 

If you are a frequent presenter , chances are you get asked a lot of the same “About Me questions” after your speeches and during the networking bits. So why not address a roaster of these in your About Me slide? Select 4-5 most common questions and list them as quick FAQs on your slide deck. 

4. Focus on Telling a Story 

Strong introductions are personable. They are meant to offer a sneak-peak into your personality and the passion behind your work. That’s why for less formal presentations, you can (and should!) start with a short personal story. 

Remember: reliability is important to “click” with your audience. 

For instance, neuroscience research of political ads recently found that ads featuring real people performed better than those with genetic stock footage. Among viewers, emotional engagement and memory encoding (recall) increased dramatically when political ads showed relatable people. 

The same holds true for commerce. In 2015, GE launched a viral “What’s the Matter With Owen?” video ad series to attract more young talent to the company. The clips featured a relatable protagonist, struggling to explain what his work at GE entails e.g. that the company isn’t building railroads, but actually does some very innovative pilots. Many engineers related to the promo and work applications to GE shoot up by 800% ! 

As the above examples show, a good relatable story can go a long way. So think about how you can make a PowerPoint presentation about yourself more representative of who you really are as a person. 

How to Give a Presentation About Yourself: 4 Fool-Proof Tips

On other occasions, you may be asked to give a full-length “about me” presentation. Typically, this is the case during a second interview, onboarding , or if you are in attending a training program or workshop where everyone needs to present themselves and their work. 

Obviously, you’ll need more than one good about me slide in this case. So here’s how to prepare a superb presentation about me. 

What to Put in a Presentation About Yourself?

The audience will expect to learn a mix of personal and professional facts about you. Thus, it’s a good idea to include the following information: 

  • Your name, contact info, website , social media handles, digital portfolio .
  • Short bio or some interesting snippets. 
  • Career timeline (if applicable).
  • Main achievements (preferably quantifiable).
  • Education, special training.
  • Digital badging awards , accolades, and other types of recognition.
  • Something more personal — an interest, hobby, aspiration. 

The above mix of items will change a bit, depending on whether you are giving an interview presentation about yourself or introduce yourself post-hiring. For example, in some cases a dedicated bio slide may be useful, but other times focusing on main achievements and goals can be better.

That being said, let’s take a closer look at how to organize the above information in a memorable presentation. 

P.S. Grab an about me slide template to make the design process easier! 

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1. Create a List of “Facts About Me”

The easiest way to answer the “tell me about yourself” question is by having an array of facts you can easily fetch from your brain. 

When it comes to a full-length about me presentation , it’s best to have a longer list ready. To keep your brainstorming process productive, organize all your ideas in the following buckets: 

  • Key skills (soft and hard)
  • Educational accolades, training
  • Accomplishments and other “bragging rights”
  • Personal tidbits (a.k.a. fun facts ) 

Once you have a list, it gets easier to build a series of slides around it. 

2. Think Like Your Audience 

Most likely you’d be asked to make a presentation about yourself by a recruiter. There’s a good reason why many ask this — they want to determine if you are a good “cultural fit” for their organization. 

After all, 33% of people quit within the first 3 months of accepting a new job. Among these:

  • 43% of employees quit because their day-to-day role was different than what they were told it would be during the hiring process.
  • 32% cite company culture as a factor for leaving within the first three months. 

About me presentations often serve as an extra “filter” helping both parties ensure that they are on the same page expectations- and work style-wise. Thus, when you prepare your slide deck, do some background company research. Then try to align the presentation with it by matching the company tone, communication style, and cultural values. 

3. Include Testimonials and Recommendations

Use the voice of others to back up the claims you are making in your presentation. After all, trumping your own horn is what you are expected to do in such a presentation. But the voices of others can strengthen the claims you are personally making. 

Depending on your role and industry, try to sprinkle some of the following testimonials: 

  • LinkedIn recommendations
  • Quotes from personal or professional references
  • Social media comments 
  • Data metrics of your performance
  • Funny assessments from your colleagues/friends 

The above not just strengthen your narrative, but also help the audience learn some extras about you and your background. Testimonial slides can be of help for this purpose.

4. Include a Case Study 

One of the best ways to illustrate who you are is to show what you are best in. Remember, an about me presentation often needs to “soft sell” your qualifications, experience, and personality. 

One of the best ways to do that is to showcase how you can feel in a specific need and solve issues the business is facing. 

So if you have the timeframe, use some of the ending slides to deliver a quick case study. You can present: 

  • Short retrospective of a past successful project
  • Before-after transformations you’ve achieved 
  • Spotlight of the main accomplishments within the previous role 
  • Main customer results obtained
  • Specific solution delivered by you (or the team you’ve worked with) 

Ending your presentation on such a high note will leave the audience positively impressed and wondering what results you could achieve for them.

To Conclude 

It’s easy to feel stumped when you are asked to talk about yourself. Because there are so many things you could mention (but not necessarily should). At the same time, you don’t want to make your introduction sound like a bragging context. So always think from the position of your audience. Do the facts you choose to share benefit them in any way? If yes, place them confidently on your About Me slides! 

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How to Introduce Yourself in a Video (so You’ll Be Captivating)

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Hi, my name is Noah. I’m the CEO of Quantified Communications, and I’m here to talk to you about—

It doesn’t matter what I’m here to talk to you about, does it, because if I started my video that way, you probably lost interest before I got to the end of my first sentence.

We’ve been thinking and writing a lot  lately about how to build strong connections when you don’t have a lot of time. Of course, while strengthening and maintaining these relationships requires long-term work, that first impression is key to a strong initial connection. After all, research has found that, in most communication situations, speakers only have fifteen seconds to make a good first impression   with audiences. And 99 percent of the time, your introduction is your first impression. In a recent Ideas article,  TED offered eight suggestions for making that first impression memorable and positive) . These tips are great for real-time, face-to-face scenarios, and the article is worth a close read, but we wondered what they could teach us about introducing ourselves on a medium that’s become nearly as common as face-to-face interaction : video.

With the rising popularity of “talking head” videos—from YouTube tutorials to Facebook live to Periscope—we’re seeing more and more people pop up on our screens to try to influence our thinking and behavior simply by talking to us.

So how are these people catching our attention? What are they doing that makes us stop scrolling through our newsfeeds and listen to what they have to say?

The cardinal rule, says Quantified communication expert Dr. Kristin Eskind, is not to start just by saying your name. Instead, she recommends capturing the audience’s attention by starting with an interesting story, statistic, or fact, just like you would in an in-person speaking engagement.

Keeping this advice in mind, we sifted through YouTube and Facebook Live to see how some of the top personalities were handling their own introductions. Combining those observations with our research-backed communication best practices, we’ve created a guide to making a great first impression on video.

3 Ways to Capture the Audience’s Attention Right Off the Bat

1.   start with a story—not your name and title  .

There are countless YouTube influencers out there, creating everything from video game reviews to makeup tutorials to character sketches to stream of conscious chats about their own lives. With millions of followers and billions of views, these personalities don’t need to introduce themselves. Instead, they dive right into the content of their videos.

While you may not have 20 million subscribers like Jenna Marbles or Ryan Higa do (yet), but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a page from their books. Instead of starting with a bland introduction that will have viewers clicking to the next video, take Dr. Eskind’s advice and start with a hook that will grab viewers’ attention and suck them in.

Specifically, we recommend starting with a story.

One oft-cited statistic show that messages delivered as stories can be up to 22 times more memorable than straight facts, and that’s largely because stories engage our audiences’ emotions, helping them focus on and later recall what they’re hearing. These emotional appeals are also proven to make a speaker more influential , especially with unfamiliar audiences.

Once you’ve hooked your audience with a compelling story, then  you can take a moment to build credibility by letting them know who you are and why they should keep listening.

2.   Personify the Camera

One of the main goals of a Facebook Live session or a YouTube video is to build trust with your audience by putting a face with your name. The idea is that, by watching you on screen, audiences feel like they’ve had a real interaction with you and like they know you personally.

But in order to really make these videos work as a trust-building tool, you have to be authentic. Polished and professional, yes, but not overly rehearsed or performative. One communication expert put it this way in a recent article for Entrepreneur :

Think about it: Viewers are typically about five inches from their phones, and the presenter is within a foot of the screen on the other end. It’s like having a cup of coffee and a chat—it conveys the same sense of friendship, honesty and trust.

You can read more about authentic communication here , but it comes down to this: Today’s audiences can spot a spin doctor from miles away, but if they feel like they’ve gotten to know the real you, they’re more likely to buy into your message. So when you’re communicating with audiences on video, be your honest, transparent self, and speak as though you’re talking with  them and not at them.

This kind of authenticity—creating the feeling that you’re talking with  your audience—is especially difficult when you’re talking to a camera. After all, talking to inanimate objects is, by nature, more than a little awkward. To make it easier to communicate authentically on video, we recommend treating the camera like a person or, even better, putting an actual person behind the camera.  Asking a friend or colleague to sit behind the camera and act as your “dummy” audience—at least until you get more comfortable presenting on video—is a great way to make it easier to be authentic.

3.   Make it About Your Audience.  

Even though authenticity is essential to video communication, and the apparent spontaneity adds to the charm, preparation is still essential. After all, people aren’t interested in hearing you ramble about yourself—they care about what you  can do for them .

What that means is that you not only need to prepare your presentation ahead of time, but you need to prepare it with your audience in mind. While, when it comes to live presentations, we recommend one hour of prep and rehearsal for every minute you’ll be speaking, the requirements can be a little looser for most informal video presentations. But before you hit record, you need to have a sense for what’s on the mind of your audience. So when you’re preparing what you have to say, consider how to make sure your message resonates. (Learn more about audience-first communication in our recent blog post.)

In general, failure to prepare is likely to lead to an unfocused, rambling, difficult-to-follow video that won’t do you or your audiences any good, and may even hurt your brand and reputation. But with a little thought before you get in front of the camera, you can feel confident that you’re going in with a game plan, and you’ll be able to guide your audiences along so they can more clearly follow and internalize your message.

Remember, when you get right down to it, a personal video—on YouTube, Facebook, or even your company’s website—is a tool for helping your audience get to know you better. With a little preparation, a good hook, and a focus on coming across as your authentic self, you’ll be set to record a great video.

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How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation

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This article was co-authored by Patrick Muñoz . Patrick is an internationally recognized Voice & Speech Coach, focusing on public speaking, vocal power, accent and dialects, accent reduction, voiceover, acting and speech therapy. He has worked with clients such as Penelope Cruz, Eva Longoria, and Roselyn Sanchez. He was voted LA's Favorite Voice and Dialect Coach by BACKSTAGE, is the voice and speech coach for Disney and Turner Classic Movies, and is a member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association. There are 11 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 122,316 times.

Introducing yourself in a presentation is more than just saying your name. It’s an opportunity for you to share relevant details about yourself and connect with your audience. It also sets the tone for the rest of the talk. How you introduce yourself will influence how your audience receives the message you want to get across. Make your next introduction flawless by presenting the most engaging information about yourself. Be sure to prepare the introduction in advance and start with an attention-grabbing technique to connect to the audience.

Including Relevant Information in Your Introduction

Step 1 State your name clearly.

  • If you have an unusual or difficult to pronounce name, you may want to add a small remark to help your audience remember it. For example, you can say “My name is Jacob Misen, like ‘risen’ but with an M.”
  • Try to make eye contact with parts of audience during your presentation as well. [1] X Research source

Step 2 Communicate your contribution to get the audience excited.

  • If you are VP of Marketing at a large company, it can actually be much more effective to say something like “I have more than a decade of experience using Facebook marketing ads to target clients in the dance industry” rather than simply stating your job title.

Step 3 Leave extra details on a handout or powerpoint slide.

  • You can also specifically refer your audience to the handout or powerpoint for more information. For example, if you want to let them know that you have articles in many international newspapers but you don’t want to list them all out, simply say “I’ve written for a number of internationally recognized news organizations. You can find the full list on the first page of my handout.”

Step 4 Save some relevant details about yourself for later in the presentation.

  • For example, you could say “when I designed a website for Richard Branson last year …” to inform your audience that you have an impressive resume, without having to list it all for them in your introduction.

Step 5 Plan a smooth transition from the introduction to your content.

  • Try concluding your introduction by mentioning a client or project you were working on that directly relates to the topic of your presentation. For example: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with NXP Semiconductors for the past three years. Just last week we encountered a problem with our logistical database...” and then lead into your presentation about a new software that will solve everyone’s logistical hiccups.

Grabbing Your Audience’s Attention Before Your Introduction

Step 1 Set the mood with music to get the audience energized.

  • If you don’t have music that can tie to your presentation, you can use a song with the theme of beginning. For example, if you are presenting at a sales meeting, play some soft jazz as participants enter. Then, when it’s time for you to start, play the Black Eyed Peas chorus of “Let’s Get it Started” to get your audience’s attention. You can then open with an energetic “Good morning!” or “Good Afternoon” as the music ends.
  • Remember to choose music that’s appropriate to the event. An academic conference may not be the best place for pop music, for example (unless you are presenting research on pop music, of course).

Step 2 Use an attention-grabbing quotation before you introduce yourself.

  • For example, if you are presenting on the design of a new user-friendly coffee machine, you may start your presentation by referencing Elon Musk: “Any product that needs a manual to work is broken,” and then go on to say “My name is Laurie Higgens, and my coffee machine doesn’t come with a manual.” Speak briefly about your relevant experience and qualifications, and then dive into presenting your design.
  • Avoid cliche or overused motivational quotes the audience has probably already heard many times.
  • Be sure to correctly cite your quote.

Step 3 Get the audience thinking by leading with a revealing statistic.

  • For example, you might start with “According to Time magazine, Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions and doled out $374 billion on medicine in 2014.” Then, introduce yourself and your qualifications in medical research and transition into a presentation about how to prevent doctors from over prescribing medication to their patients.
  • Remember to cite the source of your statistics. You will look more professional and reliable, and the audience will be able to follow up on the information if they wish.

Step 4 Connect to the audience and invite them to reflect with a question.

  • If you are giving a presentation about a new airport security-friendly travel bag, try starting your presentation with “How many of you have ever stood in line at airport security and nearly missed your flight?”
  • You can also invite your audience to close their eyes and imagine something as you lead up to your question.
  • Don’t be discouraged if your audience doesn’t raise their hands when you ask a question. Sometimes these questions seem more rhetorical to an audience, or maybe they are just shy. You can often see signs that they are still engaging with the question if people are nodding or smiling after you ask it.

Step 5 Employ humor to relax yourself and the audience.

  • Try telling stories, showing pictures on a powerpoint, or using quotations.
  • Being funny not only puts your audience at ease, but it also helps them remember you after the presentation. [10] X Research source

Step 6 Involve the audience if you are presenting to a small group.

  • For example, if you are making a presentation about a pizza delivery app, ask your audience members to tell their name, their favorite pizza topping, and a situation where they’ve had a particularly amazing or awful experience with food delivery.

Preparing Before Your Presentation

Step 1 Make a plan and write it down.

  • When it’s time to present, it’s probably best to just write down a few notes or key words to remind you of what you want to say so you don’t just read off your note cards.
  • Think about your overall intention as a speaker. Are you trying to educate, enlighten, or entertain the audience? Figure out the effect you want to have on the listener so your presentation is impactful.

Step 2 Rehearse your introduction with a friend.

  • If you don’t have a friend to watch your presentation, record yourself on video and play it back later to refine your presentation skills. It can be uncomfortable to watch yourself on video, but it will help you nail your introduction. You can even record your whole presentation. Keep recording and re-recording until you are happy with it. Then you know the audience will be happy too.

Step 3 Research the culture where you will present so you don’t offend anyone.

  • The best resource to learn about the local culture is the locals themselves. If you have a contact where you will be speaking, ask them about customs, dress code, and how humor is usually received. If you don’t know anyone personally, try searching in industry-specific online forums. Find YouTube videos of presentations given in the area that are relevant to your industry.

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  • Don’t spend too much time introducing yourself. Your introduction should be short and to the point so you can get on to your main presentation material. Depending on the length of your presentation, your introduction should be between 20 seconds and 2 minutes long. Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0

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To introduce yourself at the start of your presentation, all you need to do is state your name and tell the audience any relevant experience or skills you have. For example, say something like, “My name is Jacob Misen, and I have over a decade of experience using Facebook marketing ads in the dance industry.” If you have a broad range of relevant experience, you can bullet point a few examples on your opening slide instead of reading them out. Once you’ve introduced yourself, smoothly transition into your presentation. For instance, you can mention a client or project you’ve recently worked on that relates to the topic of your presentation. For more tips, including how to practice your presentation, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Not sure how to introduce yourself in a presentation? Hang on till the end of this article.

Giving a presentation can be unnerving. And introducing yourself can be nerve-wracking.

But, without a fitting introduction, you would just be hitting the dart in a dark room.

The usual “Good Morning! I’m Neil, and I work as a Designer at…” is boring and doesn’t cut the ice anymore.

So, how to Introduce yourself in a presentation or start with a killer opener?

Introducing yourself in a presentation is pitching yourself to the audience so they stick around for the rest of your talk. Include your background, your unique trait, and who you are while sticking to the context in the first 30-60 seconds of your introduction.

Your introduction should be effective and have an interesting hook. You’ve got to nail your introduction in one shot.

A make or break moment indeed.

But, fret not! We’ve outlined what to say before starting a presentation to help get your next presentation right.

Occasions Where you Might Have to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation

Here is what to say to start a presentation on some of the occasions where you would have to introduce yourself before the presentation.

Though the principle focus will be about yourself, tweaking your intro to the context and the place is essential.

The self-introduction should be compelling enough to woo your audience to sit for the next couple of minutes.

1.How to Introduce Yourself in a Business Environment

Introducing yourself in your workplace can be rather common. But, it’s during business meetings and conferences where you need to stand out.

Every time you meet senior managers, introducing yourself with your name and job title doesn’t grab eyeballs anymore.

However, taking the first step matters. Here are certain scenarios where you might be called upon to introduce yourself in your workplace.

How to Introduce Yourself in an Interview Presentation

The “Tell me about yourself” in interviews is intimidating. If you’ve found alibi’s to every presentation in your school and college, it doesn’t work here anymore.

Prepare a short introduction about yourself and be interview-ready. Anytime someone hits you up with that question, you need to be able to answer it with the snap of a finger.

Here is an example of a self-intro during an interview.

“As a skilled designer, with two years of freelance experience, I’ve worked for clients with diverse needs. I’ve also designed brochures, magazines, logo , and packaging materials for my friend’s company. I’m confident that I can leverage my skills and bring in the best for your brand.

How to Introduce Yourself and Your Team in a presentation

Business meetings can be boring. But there are times where you might have to introduce yourself to a new co-worker or a senior leader.

As a team leader yourself, you might have to introduce yourself and your team to present on the performance of the company the previous month.

Presentation introduction ideas if you’re a marketing executive can be,

An increased conversion of 130%, that’s what our marketing team achieved last quarter making our campaign a massive success. The soldiers who made this possible are Ryan, who made sure the User Experience on our website was flawless. Sean who ensured seamless technical functioning, and Abby who is responsible for all the copies on our major assets. I’m John, who heads the marketing team and we want to take you through all the activities we actioned, the metrics we achieved, and the lessons we learned from our recent efforts.

In case you are giving a group presentation , you can check out this video to see how you can introduce different members of your group for seamless transitioning:

How to Introduce Yourself in a Conference Presentation

In a conference presentation, you’re expected to be a little formal. While you can adhere to that school of thought, don’t forget to story tell. That’s what hooks an audience! Here is an example of how to introduce yourself in a business conference:

“Today, I’m going to share a story of how someone with zero marketing skills and training made it to the top by creating massive revenue streams through online campaigns and paid advertising in just 6 months. If you’re passionate about digital marketing, this is for you. Stay tuned till the end for better insights.

If you’re presenting at a business conference, take a look at these 11 tips for presenting at a conference by Brian Campbell.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Business Pitch Presentation

Now, this is for entrepreneurs who are starting out. If you need investors to fund your start-up, you need to have a solid pitch.

 Let’s say, your product is AI-driven that alerts drivers who doze off while driving.

Talk about the benefits of it in a single sentence and highlight the downsides of dozing off while driving with stats and figures.

Check out this Crucial Public Speaking Tips for Startup Founders written by us that’ll help you nail your pitch.

Also, have a look at this video below. In this, Josh Light introduces himself in just two simple sentences and moves on to talk about his start-up. It is simple yet effective.

How to Introduce Yourself in Client Presentation

If you’re a freelancer, talking to clients can be a daunting task.

Let’s say you’re an engineer turned copywriter. That’s an interesting combo out there, and if you put it out in a way you write your copy, it would benefit you to a whole another level.

“I’m an experienced travel copywriter and I’ve written ad copies, sales pages, newsletters, landing pages for some of the top travel brands. I have over 5 years of expertise in this niche. One of my landing page copy at XYZ converted 50% of eyeballs into leads thus scaling up revenue drastically and I’m here to do the same if you see me fit after this call.”

2 . How to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation as a Student

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Are you that kid/student who always shied away from giving presentations? Did you always come up with excuses and ended up giving barely one or two presentations your whole school life?

Yes? Well, it’s time to come out of your cocoon as it won’t work out that way in college or at work.

Whether it’s a small project presentation or giving a speech in your English class, here is how you can introduce yourself as a student.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Seminar Presentation

We’ve all been there. Hundreds of projects and assignments, be it school or college.

And that’s where you have to introduce yourself before jumping into your project. No matter how good your project, a solid introduction can put you ahead of the game.

“ As a tech enthusiast myself, I was intrigued by blockchain technology for a long time and today I have my project built using that very technology. I’m so excited to share with you all the working of this model and its benefits. Let’s jump right in.

It’s pretty easy and to-the-point. You need to be self-confident while saying those two lines and try to avoid fillers.

3. How to Introduce Yourself as a Trainer

As a trainer or teacher, your audience may be high-school students, undergrads, or even professionals.

Depending on the setting and the audience, you can craft your intro effectively and be of interest to the listeners.

How to Introduce Yourself to Students

As a teacher in a new school or college, introducing yourself is obligatory.

You can go about it this way if you’re a Moral Science teacher or Counselor:

“Hi everyone! I’m Alexandra. Call me Alex for short. We are going to have loads of fun for the next couple of months as I will be handling your Moral Science classes from today. If you are stuck in a dilemma or facing challenges, you can talk to me personally anytime and I’ll help you find a way out.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Workshop

Workshops are where you learn about a subject.  What if you’re the one who is conducting the workshop or needs to fill in for your friend for a couple of minutes, you need to introduce yourself.

 If you’re an Economics Graduate who is conducting a Calligraphy workshop, your presentation starting words can be something like,

  “Back when I was a kid, I used to scribble down letters I saw on posters and fell in love with the notion of lettering and calligraphy. I wanted to get into design, but I thought it was a fleeting moment and took Economics. Little did I know how much it meant to me. I finally figured what to do in life, and here I’m helping and teaching you to do what you love after years of learning and unlearning.”

How to Introduce Yourself in Training Sessions

Whether you’re a corporate trainer or getting into training students after years of experience, introducing yourself never gets old.

You can emphasize your past experiences in the form of a story or start with how it was when you worked with one of the top clients in the industry.

Below is an example to give you a precise picture.

“How excited are you to get your first gig? I’ve been a freelance writer for over a decade now. And freelancing is one of the best jobs as it gives you financial freedom and lets you work from the comforts of your couch or at your favorite café. So, I’m here to teach you to do the exact same thing and help you find your passion.”

5 . How to Introduce Yourself in a Video Presentation

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Virtual presentations are a thing right now. If you’re a camera conscious person, you might have a hard time giving a presentation.

Dressing well and looking at the camera and not the screen can help present better. And always, look into the camera and not the screen when it comes to virtual presentations.

No matter how tensed you are, do not reflect it on your face. Have a bottle of water beside you to buy time and calm your nerves.

Here are two possible situations where you might have to introduce yourself virtually. 

How to Introduce Yourself in Webinars

Webinars are ever-increasing and if your introduction is not crisp and strong enough, building an online presence can be challenging.

Here is how you can introduce yourself in a webinar:

“ Hi, guys and welcome to this long-awaited session. How excited are you all? I know I am! We’re live and will be having John in a while. I’m so thrilled to see hundreds of you all attending this webinar live. It’s going to be a great session. I’m Patrick and the head of Marketing at XYZ. We started this webinar series two months ago and received phenomenal feedback from you all. And that’s why we’re back again with another one. Thank you and welcome again! Hope you find this session valuable.”

How to Introduce Yourself in a Virtual Presentation

Now, this is for freshers whose onboarding is going virtual. Whether it’s training sessions, virtual presentations, or virtual meetings, you are asked to introduce yourself to every manager and executive multiple times in a day.

Hey everyone! I’ve always loved meeting new people and though this is virtual now, just so thrilled to see you all on screen. If you see a new face popping on your screen during meetings and conferences, that’s me, John the new joinee. Can’t wait to meet you all in-person. Excited to jump-start my career here.

You can also check out this video we made to know certain ninja hacks to engage a virtual audience:

Related Article: All You Need To Know About Presenting Remotely

How to Structure an Intro – How to Start and End

  • Add a Compelling Hook

You can begin your speech with a fact or a question to pique curiosity of your audience.

  • A Brief Overview about Yourself

In those initial few seconds, greet the audience and talk about your strength or any unique trait in a word or two.

You can mention your achievements or contributions before talking about your background.

  • A Quick history or Timeline of your Career/Education

In any context, a brief background or history about yourself should be talked about to let your audience know a little more about you.

It helps them gain trust and reliability.

  • Smooth transition to the main topic

You shouldn’t abruptly move to the heart of your speech post introduction. There should be a subtle transition to make it effective.

Here is a presentation introduction example,

“Would you believe if I told you that you could reach 15k+ people on LinkedIn in just 30 days? No? Stick around for the next 7 minutes as I’m going to teach you all about it so you can get started as a rookie with zero connections.” Hi everyone! I’m XYZ – a Linked Growth Hacker. I’ve been helping businesses grow and build a strong personal brand for five years now. If you’re wondering how to generate leads on LinkedIn, take note of the pointers I’ll be sharing with you today.”

Magic ingredients to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation

video presentation introducing yourself

You’ve got to nail your introduction no matter where you give the presentation.

You need to learn the art of introducing yourself because that’s the one thing you’ll be asked everywhere when you meet new people.

Introducing yourself is like marketing yourself. A stellar introduction can make a difference.

Here are some surefire ways to stand out in a crowd with your introduction.

With practice, your self-introduction will improve over time if you follow these tips. 

1 . Brevity is Key

We all know this by now. No matter how many years of experience you have or how much you’ve contributed to the team, your introduction should be short yet powerful.

With an impressive introduction about yourself, your audience will be keen on listening to you more. 

2 . Talk about Your Contribution

Instead of starting with your name and your job title, craft a story about the time you have to strive hard to achieve a goal be it personal or professional.

Speak about your contribution subtly without coming off as someone narcissistic. Unfold the little moments and share them with the audience.

Ensure it is related to your speech. Don’t go off course.  

3 . Understand Where You Are

The place where you present matters though it is about you. You need to research about the people, the place and craft an introduction aligning with it.

Keep it relatable. Get the audience to be on track with you. Keep your message clear and introduce it in a way it is memorable. 

4. Be as Real as Possible

Since you are introducing yourself, be as real as possible.

No, you don’t have to be extremely personal, but you can keep it minimal and include a common ground so that the audience can resonate with you.

5. A Smooth Transition is Essential

Transitioning from your intro to the main speech needs to be done right to keep the flow going.

Craft an intro and shift to the main topic without a pause after the introduction.

6. Create a Hook

Creating a hook is essential no matter the setting you’re introducing yourself in.

You need to grab the attention of the audience with your first sentence. You can quickly introduce yourself in a few sentences without taking much time.

Begin with a question or an interesting fact to hook the listeners every time you introduce yourself.

Want some inspiration? Here is a very practical video we have made on different opening lines from some of the most powerful speeches. Hopefully, it will get your creative juices flowing for what your hook should be:

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Concluding Thoughts

Introducing yourself in a presentation can be stressful. You won’t get it right on your first. Nope. Not on your third attempt.

Heck! Not even on your sixth introduction too.

But, here’s the thing.

You need to keep sailing and believe in yourself. That’s what can make you better.

If you want to evolve as an individual, learning how to introduce yourself can immensely contribute to your professional and personal growth.

Push your boundaries and cross your personal threshold. You will get there one day. And introducing yourself will no longer be a daunting task.

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Perfect 1 Minute Self Introduction Sample: Impress in a Flash

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A captivating self-introduction can set you apart from the crowd if you’re in a networking event, a job interview, or presenting yourself at a conference. You can leave a lasting impression in just one minute leading to new connections, job offers, or future collaborations.

But crafting a compelling self-introduction can be challenging, especially when under pressure. You may be overwhelmed with thoughts on what to say or how to present yourself.

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll provide an ideal 1 minute self introduction sample to help you make a memorable impact in any situation. We’ll also guide you through crafting an engaging introduction , highlighting your achievements and skills, adding personal touches, and tailoring your delivery to different situations.

Key Takeaways:

  • A captivating self-introduction can set you apart from the crowd in networking events, job interviews, or conferences.
  • Crafting an engaging self-introduction involves knowing your audience, highlighting your unique qualities, and using captivating opening lines.
  • A well-structured self-introduction ensures you convey your message effectively within a limited time frame.
  • Adding personal touches can help connect your audience and make your introduction more relatable and memorable.
  • Tailoring your introduction to different situations can enhance its impact and relevance.
  • Engaging with your audience during and after your introduction can create meaningful interactions that strengthen connections.

1 Minute Self Introduction Sample

A Sample One-Minute Self-Introduction for Job Seekers, Students, and Professionals

Whether you’re at a career fair, networking event, or in an elevator with a potential employer, having a polished one-minute self-introduction can set the stage for future opportunities. Here’s how job seekers, students, and professionals can structure their pitch to make a lasting impression.

Begin with Enthusiasm and Clarity

Start with a bright smile and a confident greeting to establish a connection.

“Hello, I’m [Your Name], and I’m excited to share a bit about myself with you today.”

State Your Current Role or Aspiration

Be clear about your current status or the role you’re aspiring to.

“I’m a recent [Your Degree] graduate from [Your University], ready to contribute my skills in [Industry/Field].”

Highlight Your Educational or Professional Background

Mention your degree or certifications, and any relevant experience that’s suited to the situations you’re in.

“With a background in [Your Field of Study/Work], I’ve developed [Specific Skills] and had the opportunity to apply them in [Experience or Project].”

Showcase Achievements and Strengths

Talk about what you’ve accomplished and what you bring to the table.

“I’ve successfully [Achievement or Milestone], which has honed my abilities in [Skillset].”

Connect Your Past Experience with Future Goals

Illustrate how your previous experiences align with your future ambitions.

“My goal is to leverage my experience in [Field/Industry] to further my career and make a positive impact in [Area of Interest or Industry].”

Conclude with a Call to Action

Finish with an invitation for further dialogue, showing you’re open to opportunities and connections.

“I am eager to connect with like-minded professionals and explore how my background can contribute to a dynamic team like [Company Name or Industry Type]. Let’s talk!”

Final Thank You

Graciously wrap up your introduction, leaving a courteous and professional impression.

“Thank you for taking the moment to listen. I’m looking forward to any questions or a chance to discuss how I can be a part of your team’s success.”

Tailor and Adapt

Remember, your one-minute introduction should be flexible. Adapt the content to fit the specific context you are in and the people you are speaking to.

Crafting an Engaging Introduction

An engaging self-introduction can make a lasting impression and set you apart from others. Below are some tips on how to create an introduction that captivates your audience:

Know Your Audience

Before crafting your introduction, consider who will be listening. Tailor your message and tone to fit the audience’s expectations and preferences. A humorous approach may work in a social setting but may not be appropriate in a business context.

Highlight Your Unique Qualities

Identify what makes you stand out and use those qualities to your advantage. Whether it’s your expertise in a specific area or your personal experiences, showcasing your unique qualities will help your introduction be memorable.

Show Confidence

Confidence is key when it comes to delivering a strong introduction. Practice your delivery to help alleviate nerves and remember to speak clearly and with conviction.

Overall, a well-crafted self-introduction can set the tone for a successful interaction. Remember these tips when creating your introduction to leave a positive and lasting impression on your audience.

Structuring Your Introduction

A captivating self-introduction should follow a logical structure that grabs your audience’s attention and leaves a positive impression. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to structure your 1-minute self-introduction:

Remember to keep your introduction concise and relevant to the situation. Practice your delivery to ensure that you’re confident and engaging. With the right structure, your self-introduction will be a powerful tool to create lasting professional connections.

Captivating Opening Lines

The first few seconds of your self-introduction are crucial for making a strong impression. One effective way to grab attention is to start with a thought-provoking question. For example, “Have you ever wondered what makes a successful team?” This piques the audience’s curiosity and sets the stage for your introduction.

Another approach is to use a compelling anecdote related to your topic or profession. For instance, “When I was working on a project for a non-profit organization, I witnessed firsthand the impact of community support on the success of their initiatives.”

You can also begin with a memorable quote or a surprising fact that aligns with your message. For example, “Did you know that over 80% of hiring managers make their decision within the first minute of an interview?” This illustrates the importance of a strong self-introduction and primes the audience for what’s to come.

Highlighting Your Achievements and Skills

Your self-introduction is an excellent opportunity to showcase your achievements and skills. Doing so can highlight your strengths and prove your worth to your audience. Here are a few things to keep in mind when highlighting your accomplishments:

  • Be concise : Avoid being too lengthy or using technical jargon that may not be familiar to your audience. Simplify your language and focus on the most relevant aspects of your accomplishments.
  • Focus on relevant experiences : Highlight experiences that are relevant to the context and show how they demonstrate your skills and expertise in the field.
  • Demonstrate results : Focus on the outcomes of your accomplishments and how they contributed to the success of a project, team, or organization.

Here are some sample phrases that you can use to highlight your achievements and skills:

Using these phrases and focusing on the most relevant aspects of your achievements, you can create a self-introduction that effectively showcases your skills and expertise.

Adding Personal Touches

While it’s important to convey your achievements and skills in your self-introduction, adding personal touches can help make it more memorable and engaging. Here are some tips:

  • Share a personal anecdote : Begin your self-introduction with a short story or experience demonstrating your values or personality. For example, if you’re introducing yourself at a networking event, you could share how you got interested in your field.
  • Show your passion : If you’re particularly passionate about something related to your work or hobbies, mention it in your introduction. This will help you come across as more authentic and enthusiastic.
  • Use humor : If appropriate, add some humor to your self-introduction. This will help keep your audience engaged and make your introduction more memorable.
  • Be relatable : Adding personal touches can help you connect with your audience. If you’ve experienced a challenge or setback related to your work, share how you overcame it. This will show that you’re human and relatable.

Practicing and Perfecting Your Delivery

Once you have crafted your ideal 1-minute self-introduction, it’s time to perfect your delivery. A confident and engaging delivery can make all the difference in leaving a lasting impression. Here are some tips to help you practice and perfect your delivery:

  • Memorize the key points : While you don’t want to recite your self-introduction word for word, it’s important to understand the key points you want to convey clearly. This will help you stay on track and deliver your message effectively.
  • Practice in front of a mirror : Practicing in front of a mirror allows you to see how you appear to your audience. You can observe your body language , facial expressions, and tone of voice and adjust them accordingly to create a confident and engaging delivery.
  • Record yourself : Recording yourself while practicing allows you to review your performance and identify areas where you can improve. Listen to your tone of voice, pace, and pronunciation, and make adjustments where necessary.
  • Get feedback : Ask a trusted friend or colleague to listen to your self-introduction and provide constructive feedback. This can help you identify blind spots and make improvements to your delivery.

Tailoring Your Introduction to Different Situations

Adapting your self-introduction to different situations can enhance its impact and relevance. While the core elements of your introduction remain the same, tailoring it to specific contexts can help you better connect with your audience. Here are some tips on how to modify your self-introduction to suit different situations:

Networking events

When attending networking events, your self-introduction should focus on your professional background and goals. Mention any relevant experience, skills, or achievements that impress potential business partners or employers. Keep it concise and avoid oversharing personal information. Remember to exchange business cards and follow up with your new contacts after the event.

Job interviews

For job interviews , your self-introduction should emphasize your qualifications and suitability for the position. Tailor your language and tone to match the company culture and the role you are applying for. Research the company and the job description beforehand to ensure your introduction aligns with their values and requirements. Don’t forget to express your enthusiasm for the opportunity and eagerness to contribute to the team.

Professional conferences

Professional conferences typically attract a diverse audience, so your self-introduction should be adaptable and inclusive. Instead of focusing solely on your accomplishments, consider how you can contribute to the industry or the community. Share your insights, ask thought-provoking questions, and offer your expertise to engage with other attendees. Make sure your introduction stands out among the many others by adding a personal touch or a unique perspective.

Engaging with Your Audience

A successful self-introduction is not only about presenting yourself but also about engaging your audience. Below are some strategies to help you create a meaningful interaction:

  • Ask open-ended questions : Instead of asking yes or no questions, ask questions that require more than a one-word answer. This will encourage your audience to share more about themselves and will help you establish a connection.
  • Listen actively : When your audience responds to your questions, listen to what they say. This means paying attention, asking follow-up questions, and acknowledging their responses.
  • Make eye contact : Eye contact is essential to nonverbal communication and can help establish rapport with your audience. Make eye contact with different people in the room and hold their gaze for a few seconds.
  • Share relevant experiences : If you have had similar experiences as your audience, share them in your self-introduction. This can help establish common ground and create a more personal connection.
  • Show interest : Show interest in your audience by asking them questions and responding thoughtfully to their answers. This will make them feel valued and heard.

Engaging with your audience during and after your self-introduction can create a more memorable and impactful experience for you and your audience.

Crafting a captivating 1-minute self-introduction is crucial in various professional and social settings. With the tips and sample phrases provided in this article, you now have the tools to create a lasting impression on any audience. Remember to tailor your introduction to specific contexts, highlight your unique achievements and skills, and inject personal touches to make your introduction more relatable. Additionally, practicing and perfecting your delivery, engaging with your audience, and ending with a strong closing will help you leave a lasting impact.

With practice and confidence, your self-introduction will become a powerful tool for building professional relationships and making new connections. So, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and put these tips into practice. Good luck!

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5 Memorable Ways to Introduce Yourself in a Presentation

by Janice Tomich

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What Is The Role of Introducing Yourself In a Presentation?

Introducing yourself at the beginning of your presentation or keynote speech establishes your authority and credibility.

Introducing yourself effectively can also pique your audience’s interest and get their attention.

Keep your introduction short and sweet. Many presentations sink before they are even really underway by long-winded CVs recitals or too much context of what’s to come.

Your introduction needs only be a teaser of what you’ll be speaking. The goal is simply to help your audience understand the value you’ll bring to them—a short explainer of why it’s worth it for them to stay and listen.

Man getting up on stage about to introduce himself for a presentation—and how you introduce yourself is a key aspect pull in and engage your audience.

PRO SPEAKING TIP: Many hosts scramble at the last minute to cobble together their guest’s introduction. I do presentation coaching , and I advise my clients to help out their hosts by providing an introduction to the host ahead of time. You’ll free them of the burden and they’ll have a professional introduction ready with no effort. Do be clear you want it delivered as written, since you are the best judge of what your audience wants and needs to know about you.

Why Is the Personal Introduction Important?

Once you have been introduced by the host or the master of ceremonies, your first job is to establish trust with your audience members. You need to introduce yourself in a way that lets the audience know you are an experienced subject matter expert and will draw in your audience’s attention.

Your self-introduction is an opportunity to warm the audience and create that initial connection, which helps create an inviting atmosphere where the audience members are more likely to be engaged.

Start Introducing Yourself Even Before the Event Begins

Before the event, use social media to introduce yourself to your audience.

You can start the conversation with your audience even before the event begins. Social media provides an easy way to connect with your audience. You can even ask what questions your audience has on the topic you will be speaking about. Common questions can give your amazing insights of what your audience wants to learn.

Likewise, as people are gathering, you have a second brilliant opportunity to introduce yourself—before you even walk onto the stage. As people are entering the room, reach out and say hello—introduce yourself! Some of my strongest, longest lasting connections have come through doing this. Introducing yourself to members of your audience before the speech is unexpected and usually well received (it also helps to calm down before your presentation, it eases your presentation nerves ). Meeting and greeting is a perfect way to begin to warm the room for you and provides some teasers of what you might be speaking about.

5 Unusual Ways To Introduce Yourself in a Speech or Presentation

Personal self-introductions provide an opportunity to have your name, expertise and story be sticky and memorable . You want your audience to leave your presentation be thinking about what you said and who you are.

Let’s assume you’ve already been introduced by your host.

Here are 5 unusual ways to introduce yourself at the beginning of your speech that no one will forget:

1. Do the Unexpected. Be Bold.

Almost every public speaker starts with the presenter introducing themself, their credentials, and then an overview of what they plan to speak about.

Imagine if you introduced yourself differently. The effect is a far more engaged audience. Consider asking a question and fielding the responses. Or, turn the tables. Ask people to introduce themselves to each other or have a few attendees introduce themselves to you. Ask those attendees what they want to learn from your session, and then respond with how how you plan to speak to their needs within the speech.

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2. Address the Elephant in the Room

Does your appearance send a signal that you are young and may lack experience? Or perhaps you have lots of age and wisdom on your side and are presenting to a young audience? In this case, self-deprecating humour can quickly dissolve the elephant that is consuming the room. I’ll bet you’ll long be remembered as the cheeky renegade who was able to connect with your audience.

3. Use a Problem, Solution, Benefit Format

Set up your presentation, by concisely speaking to your main point —the problem you will be addressing. Then, allude to the solution(s) you will provide as well as the benefits and outcomes that your audience will receive from implementing your solution(s).

Brevity is your friend when you introduce yourself in this way. It’s a powerful way to pull your audience into your talk.

4. Skip the Introduction

Jumping right into your presentation will catch your audience’s attention—after all, there’s no rule that you must introduce yourself right at the very beginning of your speech. If you take this approach, weave references to your expertise and a personal antidote or two within your presentation itself to establish your credibility and why your audience should continue listening. (Simply leaping in without context will cause confusion if you don’t provide some backfill to help your audience connect the dots as to why you can be trusted to speak on the topic at hand.)

5. Use a Thought-Provoking Image of Yourself

Using a powerpoint slide image is a powerful way to catch your audience's attention while your introduce yourself at the beginning of a presentation.

It’s not easy to find just the ‘right’ image to introduce yourself and begin your presentation, because whatever you choose needs to be striking and impactful. The key is to choose an image which easily aligns with what you will be presenting.

Opening with an image for your first PowerPoint presentation slide gives an opportunity to speak to why the image resonates for you. You should also introduce your experience as you speak to the relevance of the image.

Boring, status quo introductions within presentations are soon forgotten. They’re usually forgotten a few seconds or minutes after they are delivered. Getting your introductions right is a core part of improving your presentation skills.

If you want to stand out from the crowd in professional settings it’s necessary to create unexpected, memorable introductions. This warms every person in the room and engages them—your introduction speech does not need to be boring!

But sometimes the hardest part is getting started, and that’s where I come in.

If you’re feeling stuck on your introduction, I invite you to work with me one-on-one in a 1-hour presentation strategy session . I’ll get you started and focussed on your next steps to creating a brilliant presentation that will have your audience glad they attended and leave inspired.

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Is there a magic formula for preparing one self-introduction for your presentations? If you’re like a land of the people who come to our site, you probably wish there was cause so many of you do to know how for introduce yourselves. Or perhaps you want you could make yourself disappear so you don’t have to give the presentation at all! 🙂

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But what if you could learn wherewith to introduce yourself from a presentation magician? I can hear you asking yourself, “ Did he just say a presentation magician?? “ Yes, that’s exactly whichever EGO said, an presentation magician! Let me explain…

Yours see, I recently met, I think, the world’s only presentation magician. And if there are others, than he’s got in be the best.

The breathe totally honest, I should no idea what one featured magician was, though now that I do, MYSELF want to introduce him to you because he has a greatly example about how to introduce you.

“Please always to the stage…”

Okay, enough suspense… I’m very happy into introduce to you, Charles Greene III from Washington, DC. Forward those of you is become confused by the “III” at this end off Charles’ user, is stands for “the third.” This means the he is the third persona in his family to has the name Charles. So here’s some background on Charles from his website Carl Greene .

“Charles Greene III is a true Presentation Magician. Working with Fortune 500 corporate, he’s a magical spokesperson who delivers product and marketing messages at conventions around the globe.

Through this firm Corporate Shuffle, Carolus has presented in meetings for Bermuda, China, Eden, France, Country, Monaco, Sweden, furthermore, of class, which United States. His clients reach a varieties of industries and include 3M, Alcon, Coca-Cola, Clorox, Frito-Lay, Johnson & Johnson, Panasonic, and Springs Fargo. His special presentations have had featured in numerous publications involving Robb Report, Successful Meetings and The Wall Street Journal. He’s even been quoted in Reader’s Digest.

Charles Gray is very well known inside the world of magic. Karl has been awarded top honors by The Global Brotherhood of Conjurers and Siegfried and Roy for his performative skills. He’s appear on the cover of the largest international publications with the magical arts, Genii, Spell, and Aforementioned Linking Ring. Charles remains a frequent contributor to magic chronicles, usually typing articles at the general web to maintaining a magical career. He is a my of Hollywood’s Magic Keep, and of London’s Magic Circle.”

How I knows Charles

Good-looking striking credentials, huh? I’ve been luckily to have gotten go know Karl over the last various weeks because we both have an interest in making videos including my iPhones. Charles saw my review of an iPhone mic and acquired in touch with me. We’ve been getting to know each other through email ever been.

Charles’ Initiation Home

Charles told me he was working in one video for his website and had very excited about finally doing it. I mentioned himself that I would will happy to share e about you. So latest week, Charles made a fantastic record to introduce himself and it blew my socks off! I thought you would really benefit from seeing one great self-introduction sample and now I cans show you one from adenine right pro. Using one rising favor of speak head videos, here's a quick guide until creating a great first impression on camera.

Go fore and click the images below to watch the video and then understand learn wherefore Charles’ introduction is so good.

If YouTube is unavailable in your area, get the following link to download the video or watch in your browser: Charles Greene III Self Introduction (Length 1:29)

What Charles Rabbits

There will four things Karl do that i should keep in mind when introducing yourself.

1. Background and Experience

Right after Charles said be name, they states us about his work and as he has been doing it around the globe. One explanation is shortcut, to the issue, and is grand because he received our attention. He received our attention by telling about he has global experience with large companies.

While you’re not as experiences as Charles, you could talk about a majority accomplishment that quickly underlines your expertise. Possible you possess published many research credentials, or you’ve been the number one performer at your my or in educate. Those become item yourself might utter at the beginning like Charles does.

2. Services Provided

After his undergo, Charles explains that he leads presentation build. How he does well get the to tell us his specialized in a very specificity way. He also portrays a major benefit…that his training can help businesses right back.

In insert case, her may talk about what you do better than others both how it can be a benefit for your spectators.

3. Call for Active

One Carlos has finished talking about his background, experience, and services, i tells us whereabouts we can learn more. In here case, he tells us to connect with its because he provides weekly performance tips on LinkedIn. Of dial to action exists really major because to must tell them whichever until do if they want to get more information conversely when they want to implement your ideas. Organize Your Initiation for a Showcase [+ FREE Presentation Checklist]

Fork example, if you told choose audience a solution to a problem, you could tell them and first steps they have to take to realize your solution.

4. Preparation and Practice

Charles features past 20 years of experience, so he has practiced many times to become so smooth in his delivery; however, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t required to prepare and practice. Every good presenter knows that preparation is critical the presentation success. Because, take extra time to prepared and practice if you want to appear confident and give a good impression.

One more thing…

Notice how Charles didn’t speak fast?? His timing and rhythmics are very good and it’s very easy on understand him. So while you’re not a native Us speaker, don’t care about speaking fast… just worry about your schedule and rhythm and practicing a lot. What to Start Yourself in a Video — Quantified AI

There you go, I hope you learned a lot from Charles and apply what you learning about introducing yourself include your next presentation.

Let me know if you own any matters.



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How to Introduce Yourself with Video

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Introducing yourself can be a daunting task. This is especially true when introducing yourself online. Knowing how to introduce yourself means knowing what information to include about yourself, what tone to use, and how to address the other person (or people).

If you have to introduce yourself online, the best way to do so is through video. This is true whether you’re introducing yourself to new clients, a prospective employer, co-worker, prospective customer, hiring committee, or anyone else. As such, it is important to know the best practices for introducing yourself with video or in a video resume as well as what video software to use when creating and sending introduction videos. 

Why Use Video to Introduce Yourself

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So, why use video to introduce yourself? Video is the best way to personalize your introduction online, whether it’s over email, text message, or another messaging platform. With video, you can include important nonverbal cues that improve your visual communication, such as:

  • Eye contact
  • Hand gestures
  • Tone of voice

Video introductions also help your recipient put a face to the name. They will know that there is a human being behind the introduction and will thus be more inclined to respond and get to know you better. 

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Unsurprisingly, video messages, including video introductions, tend to get more replies than plain-text ones. According to Covideo , adding personalized video to an email increases response rates by 200%. Likewise, 72% of consumers prefer watching a video over reading text to learn about products and services. Overall, your video introduction is more likely to be watched, responded to, and remembered by your recipient.

Video Introductions 101

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Now that you know why you should introduce yourself with a video, let’s cover how to take a good video of yourself. Follow these tips to create a great introduction video and improve your communication skills with video:

  • Smile : Start your video with a smile and wave. It will set the right tone for your introduction.
  • Make eye contact : Make sure that you’re looking into your webcam, no matter what device you’re on. Your video will seem more personable if the recipient feels like you are looking at them instead of your screen.
  • Use your recipient’s name : Personalize your introduction video by specifically addressing it to your recipient. If you’re introducing yourself to a group of people, then refer to them by their group name or affiliation. You can also write a greeting with the recipient’s name on a whiteboard to display in the video for further personalization and focus.
  • State why you’re introducing yourself : After your first greeting, state why you’re contacting the other person and why you’re introducing yourself. You want to get to the point so that your recipient will keep watching the video.
  • Check your lighting : Before you start recording your video, check your lighting. You want to make sure that your image is visible and crisp in the recording. Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional lighting rig; just use the sun’s natural light! Keep the light in front of you by facing a window.
  • Ditch the script : You want your introduction to sound as natural as possible, like you were introducing yourself in person. So, don’t read off a script in your video. Talk as if you were having a conversation with your recipient. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; they can make your video seem more natural!
  • Don’t go too long : Your video introduction should be short and sweet to keep your viewer’s attention. Aim to keep the video between 1-2 minutes.

If you follow the above tips, you will be able to film a great introduction video on any device. You can create your video on your desktop, mobile, or any other device with webcam recording capabilities. All you need is a video recording app and effective communication skills to create a memorable introduction video. 

Best Video Platforms for Good Communication

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If you want to boost your communication skills and create effective introduction videos, then you need a great video creation platform that works with your device. If you’re on a budget, then you can check out our list of the top free screen recorders . However, if you can afford to invest in a professional video recording app, then we recommend either Droplr or Covideo . With these apps, you can introduce yourself on a text message or through email with video.

Droplr: Create, Store, and Share Videos on a Budget

Droplr provides an inexpensive video recording and file storage option that will work for any of your video needs. With Droplr, you can record videos on your Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android as well as through a Chrome extension. Once you finish recording your video, it is automatically saved to your Droplr library in the cloud. From there, you can share it with anyone by simply pasting its associated short link into any platform. All your recipient has to do is click on the link to access the video online.

Droplr’s pricing begins at only $6/month and includes 100GB of file storage. Your videos can be of any length and up to 10GB in size. Overall, Droplr offers an easy way to record and send high-quality videos without breaking the bank. 

If you’re interested in learning more, schedule a demo or begin your free trial today.

Covideo: The Most Effective Video Email Platform

Covideo includes many of the same features as Droplr: you can record and store videos from any device (including mobile!) or from the Covideo Chrome extension. However, Covideo comes with some additional features that you can use to take your videos to the next level:

  • Video Email : With Covideo, you can embed your videos directly into an email, text message, or CRM message. Your video will show up as an animated GIF preview in your message, so all your recipient has to do is click on the preview to view the full video. This makes your video messages even more attractive.
  • Gmail and Outlook Add-Ons : You can add the Covideo app directly to your Gmail or Outlook account and record videos from within your video platform.
  • Captions : Covideo comes with automatic captioning for 12 languages. Captions make your videos more accessible for a wider audience.
  • Video annotations : You can annotate your videos with text, links, and file attachments. This is especially useful if you’re introducing yourself to a prospective employer since you can attach your resume or other supporting documents.
  • Custom landing page : You can embed your videos in a custom landing page or as a website overlay. You can also include CTA buttons on your landing page to guide your recipient’s next steps.
  • Video reply : With this feature, your recipient can reply with a video of their own even if they don’t have a Covideo account. This way, recipients can respond to your introduction video with a video of their own!

Covideo offers the above features for $49/month. Though this price is considerably higher than Droplr’s, the extra features make Covideo a top choice for small businesses and marketers who need to introduce themselves virtually to clients, associates, and prospects. You can try out the Covideo today app with a free trial or schedule a free demo to learn more about what Covideo can do for you.

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Why and How to Create a Self-Introduction Video for Teaching Online

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Creating a self intro video to teach English online

As a freelance online English tutor , either on a teacher marketplace platform or running your own business, you may ask yourself, “How can I catch the eye of potential online English students?” Aside from having a professional headshot or a catchy description on your profile, you can stand out from the sea of online teachers with a well-crafted introduction video for teaching English online . This short video is a chance to present yourself to students in a personal way and show them what you have to offer as a teacher.

If you haven’t got an intro video yet, fret not! We’ll tell you more about this marketing tool and how you can create your own – even if you’re not tech-savvy.

What is a self-introduction video for teaching online?

Online ESL classes are different from classroom-based lessons , where students may have a chance to meet the instructor in person before the course starts. Yet, when you promote online English classes, interested learners still want to see what their teacher looks like or hear how he or she speaks, and the best way to achieve this is through a video.

For that reason, on freelance ESL tutors’ websites or teaching marketplace profiles , it’s very common to see a short, self-introduction video. These are one- to three-minute videos that English teachers use to market themselves as teachers by talking about their credentials and skills and giving students a glimpse of how their lessons work.

To learn more ways to market yourself as an independent English tutor, check out Bridge’s Specialized Certificate: Teaching English Online as a Freelancer .

Why do I need one?

If you’re looking to attract students, an introduction video does the trick.

Showcase your personality and teaching style

It’s a chance to grab students’ attention by showcasing your personality. The video ideally sparks your prospective learners’ interest in your classes by explaining what you offer in a fun and enthusiastic way.

Here are more tips for finding online students.

Convey your message quickly

Moreover, it’s quicker to spotlight your key qualifications through a video – it’s a time-saver for students who may not read through a list of your online TEFL certifications , experience, and achievements.

Build a connection

Introducing yourself through video is also great for building rapport with your students . Whether it’s because of your friendly persona or your specializations , there are unlimited possibilities for you to connect with future learners!

Tips for creating a stellar teacher introduction video

  • Smile and be confident! Showing a friendly persona and radiating positive energy makes students feel welcome and comfortable in your online classes.
  • Speak clearly and slowly. Most of your viewers will be non-native English speakers or students who are not yet fluent in the language, so you should pronounce words correctly and use simple language.
  • Body language matters too! Using natural, friendly facial and body gestures while you speak creates a relaxed environment and turns your self-intro video from a simple speech into a warm invitation to students.
  • Make sure you look presentable in the video. Wear appropriate attire, although you don’t need to look corporate. Show up in clothes that you would wear to teach in an actual classroom. Also, if your target students are children, stick to bright, kid-friendly colors and steer away from dark hues.
  • Check that you have a clean online teaching background . Record yourself in a tidy room and clear away any distractions behind you. Don’t wear clothes that are the same color as your background.
  • While it helps to write a script beforehand, practice in advance so you don’t have to read it while recording yourself. Try to speak naturally.

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Technical tips

  • Use a quality recorder that can film videos of at least 480p (pixels). A digital camera or smartphone are the best options for shooting videos; the built-in webcam on your computer tends to have lower-quality video output.
  • Film your video in a well-lit environment with good, natural daylight or strong lamp lighting. Make sure that that light is placed in front of you.
  • Your video should be shot horizontally, as most video players are designed in landscape orientation.
  • Place the camera on a stable surface, at eye level and from a distance that makes you visible from the waist up.
  • Film your video in a quiet place, free from disturbing background noise such as people, traffic, and phone notifications sounds.
  • Don’t wear headphones in your introduction video. Reserve this accessory for when you’re actually teaching classes.

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What should you say in an online teacher self-introduction video?

Keep in mind that your recording only runs from one to three minutes, so be brief and to the point! Also, there isn’t any specific structure for tailoring an introduction video, so don’t be afraid to get creative and let your personality shine through!

Your basic information

Your full name, nationality, educational background, and TEFL certifications are some of the most important details you should mention in your introduction video. You can also add something interesting about yourself, like your hobbies or interests.

Work experience

If you already have teaching experience , you can talk about how you began as well as where and which learner levels you have taught. On the other hand, if you’re new to teaching, you can share what your previous jobs were and why you’re passionate about being an online ESL teacher.

Read more about how your non-teaching experience can apply to teaching English online.

Languages you speak

Do you speak any foreign languages? You can highlight them in your video, too. Saying a few words in the languages that you know can also make your presentation more interesting!

  • Pro Tip: Sharing how you’ve studied another lingua franca and identifying with your students’ learning process is a great way to build rapport with potential learners.

What your online classes are like

Underscore what you love about teaching English, the kinds of classes you offer (i.e., grammar-based lessons or conversational classes), and your ESL teaching methods . Also, feel free to bring up some of the activities you do in class and the materials you use – they will surely make your lessons look fun and dynamic!


Do you specialize in certain teaching areas, like business English , exam preparation , or teaching teenagers ? Many students look for teachers for their specific English needs, so including your specializations in your video gives you an edge.

It’s also noteworthy to mention your previous career or jobs you’ve done in the past. Why? Some learners need teachers who have knowledge or expertise in particular subjects, so you just might be the right English instructor who can help them.

Find out why you should choose a niche as a freelance teacher.

Teaching tools

Students sometimes want to know which technological tools you use to see if they will work for them. Do you teach through Zoom, Skype, or other apps? Do you use any special platforms for sharing your class materials? Sharing these details in your video could be vital. Plus, it also shows how prepared and professional you are as an online teacher.

Why students should choose you

Finally, engage your prospective students by leaving them with a reason they should book lessons with you. Whether it’s for the fun you’ll have in class or a special methodology that you use, point out why you’re the best teacher for them!

Reviewing your video

It’s normal not to create a perfect introduction video for teaching online in your first recording. Before you film your final video, practice a few times, and see if you like the trial output. Check if you need to correct anything, and make sure to stick to the guidelines mentioned earlier.

It also helps if you show your video to a fresh set of eyes. A family member or a friend could point out something you haven’t noticed or offer advice on improving your video.

Saving and sharing your video

Once you have your final recording, you’re ready to upload it to the Web.

  • First, store your video in the format of your choice. The most popular ones are .MP4, .MPEG4, and .MOV.
  • Then, choose a platform you want to share your video on. Online teachers usually upload theirs to YouTube and Vimeo . Make sure to change your video’s privacy setting to public.
  • After you have uploaded your video, you can now link it to your professional website or your marketplace profile!

Find out how you can use social media to get online English students.

Sample self-introduction video for teaching online

Here’s a sample teacher intro video for a freelance online English tutor, if you need some inspiration!

Whether you’re a self-employed ESL teacher or a tutor advertising your services on a teaching marketplace, following these guidelines will help you use the power of an excellent introduction video to market yourself as a freelance online English teacher and attract more students.

In addition to a well-crafted introduction video, a resume specific to teaching English online can also help you stand out to students. Check out our guide to writing an online teacher resume.

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Back in her hometown in the Philippines, Krzl worked as a writer at a TV station before moving to Chile. After she completed her TESOL certification, she worked for language institutes and then decided to become an independent English teacher to business professionals. When she’s not giving classes, she’s either surfing along Chile’s long stretch of coastline, traveling, or practicing photography by the beach.


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