How to do a presentation about yourself

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‘A presentation about myself’ – I think this is one of the most dreaded speech topics.  Talking about yourself – it’s difficult to know what your audience want to know, and how much you should tell them.

Sharren Bessant provides some pointers.


Unfortunately this also happens to be one of the most common speeches you will be asked to give. Whether you are applying for a new job, or starting a new course/class, quite often the first meeting will involve getting to know each other and this will often mean saying a little bit about yourself. Luckily this often has a short time scale, perhaps five or ten minutes so it isn’t as daunting as it sounds.

Firstly when planning your speech, break it down into three sections – a beginning, a middle and a conclusion. This will not only give your speech some structure but will also help with the writing of it.

IN THE BEGINNING – the most important thing to remember with the beginning is that it doesn’t really contain any real information. Greet your audience with a warm welcome, tell them who you are and what you are going to talk about, and tell them why you are going to talk about it.

THE BIT IN THE MIDDLE – this is where you tell them about you, tell them about your hobbies, your hopes, your dreams, your goals. Don’t brag about what you have achieved but be informative about it. If it is relevant then you should definitely include achievements.

If you are at a job interview discuss the reasons for wanting the job, touch on some past experience and tell them why you think you are suitable. Back this up with an anecdote from your past if it is related. Tell them what you pride yourself on. This might be time-keeping, efficiency, people skills, or all of these. Be prepared for questions on this because they may ask for examples of when you have shown these skills.

If you are at school, or starting a new college course then tell them why you chose to go for the course, what interests you about that particular job or career, what experience you have had previously, and where you hope it will take you.

WRAPPING IT UP – the most important point to remember here is never to add any extra information at this point, this is where you should ask the audience if they have any questions. Do a little preparation for this beforehand so that you are prepared for questions about something that you have not covered. Finally, you should thank them for their time and attention. And that’s it, finished.

Sharren L Bessant

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6 September 2010

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Comments on: How to do a presentation about yourself


Posted by th — 10 Sep @ 7:26 pm

Hi there,

i have been asked to do a presentation tomorrow, topic ” WHO AM I” i just dont know where to start, or what exactly to tell, should i just tell whats on my resume?

The position is Sales Manager
i have exentensive experieince in Sales and Executive Account management.

Can anyone please give tips..

Posted by Bernard — 28 Sep @ 4:04 pm

Yes, First you strat looking at the audience and tell them that you wish give details about you.

Greet and welcome the audience if you have Standard Slide you can use.

Tell about Strength of your point by point

Address they af if you are more interactive and confidence person.

Posted by S Gopalakrishnan — 5 Oct @ 2:37 pm

Well I am participating in a tv show about new politicans and i don’t know how to do a presantation of my self.. :( I know what to tell about me but not exactly what the others need to hear from me ..

Posted by Anonymous — 16 Jan @ 8:46 pm

my skool sed we needed 2 do a presentation about our selves 2 the class but i dnt no how 2 present it or wat 2 do so does any1 hav any ideas???

Posted by anonymus — 10 Sep @ 2:07 pm

I have to give presentation in my class on many topics like About yourself, success to me, business attributes, your Hero/ your inspiration, personal attributes, happiest moment ( moments), Efficiency norms, Handling mails- incoming and outgoing, your goal/ Ambition, Agenda, if you born again who would like to be?, Minutes, Your Dreams, Five years from now, Filling, Best Friend, Do you believe in luck/ hard-work/ destiny/ God, about my institute named as stenodac. please help me out i have never faced audience i am confused about these topics i don’t know what to say, how to present.

Posted by Anisha — 25 Aug @ 1:01 pm

hey i have to do 5 minutes presentation about my self .i dont know where to start please give me ideas

Posted by mokgadi — 4 Feb @ 10:50 am

thax very much for this valuable information.

Posted by Faisal — 16 Aug @ 6:39 am

I want a presentation on myself.which should be at a level of entrance examination.n should b fasinating.

Posted by mahek — 18 Apr @ 6:58 pm

Hi me exactly the point.i have a presentation
Tomorrow im a teller but i dont know how to start presentation thank you

Posted by Anonymous — 29 Sep @ 4:51 pm

I need a big help on this please. How can I create who I am topic ?

Posted by Anonymous — 5 Oct @ 7:08 pm

going for an interview tomorrow of being a drill and blast clerk…have no idea on how to present my introduction…the job requires an individual who have knowledge on the use of microsoft suite and should be desirable on business administration …please hep

Posted by kenneth — 3 Mar @ 1:47 pm

i have to tell a speech ‘who am i ‘ i don’t know how to start. pls help me
i am still a student who goes to school.

Posted by shasha — 16 May @ 10:41 am

by the way this info helped me alot:)

Posted by shasha — 16 May @ 10:46 am

I’m need where to start and habby,weaknesses, strength,activities,

Posted by Suresh — 3 Aug @ 7:19 am

It’s good…………

Posted by Imran Ali — 22 Aug @ 9:14 am

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