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.

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU…

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

 

Published On: 6th Sep 2010

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23 Comments
  1. thanks

    th 10 Sep at 7:26 pm
  2. 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..

    Bernard 28 Sep at 4:04 pm
  3. 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.

    S Gopalakrishnan 5 Oct at 2:37 pm
  4. 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 ..

    Anonymous 16 Jan at 8:46 pm
  5. 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???

    anonymus 10 Sep at 2:07 pm
  6. 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.

    Anisha 25 Aug at 1:01 pm
  7. hey i have to do 5 minutes presentation about my self .i dont know where to start please give me ideas

    mokgadi 4 Feb at 10:50 am
  8. thax very much for this valuable information.

    Faisal 16 Aug at 6:39 am
  9. I want a presentation on myself.which should be at a level of entrance examination.n should b fasinating.

    mahek 18 Apr at 6:58 pm
  10. Hi everyone.plsss.tel me exactly the point.i have a presentation
    Tomorrow im a teller but i dont know how to start presentation thank you

    Anonymous 29 Sep at 4:51 pm
  11. I need a big help on this please. How can I create who I am topic ?

    Anonymous 5 Oct at 7:08 pm
  12. 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

    kenneth 3 Mar at 1:47 pm
  13. 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.

    shasha 16 May at 10:41 am
  14. by the way this info helped me alot:)

    shasha 16 May at 10:46 am
  15. I’m need where to start and habby,weaknesses, strength,activities,

    Suresh 3 Aug at 7:19 am
  16. It’s good…………

    Imran Ali 22 Aug at 9:14 am
  17. tomorrow is my presentation on role of computers in education sector.

    Mansha 12 Oct at 2:01 pm
  18. hi
    this was great but i want the audiance to knd of help me or choose questions for it, its next week so i have time but my other presentations have been so good i dont want this one to drag behind! plus i know that they dont have a long attention span so it needs to be very intersting! #HELP!!!

    heto 15 Oct at 7:34 pm
  19. hey i need an introduction for a report onpresenting ideas.

    Anonymous 16 Oct at 7:22 am
  20. i have to do a video presentation for a pageant. any ideas of what to say?

    teiana 8 Apr at 5:28 pm
  21. well done. it’s helps me alot

    Mario 3 Nov at 8:44 am
  22. i need to do a self introduction presentation for my placements.
    the problem i have is it should be just 3 slides with welcome and thank you slide if any.
    Can anyone help me out with this???

    sesha 6 Nov at 5:34 pm
  23. Hi I’m going for a promotion and I’ve been asked to do a 10 min presentation on 5 sections, why you believe the position is right for you, what skills and attributes you believe you will bring to the role, what you believe is essential to be successful in the role, what you think the main challengers will be and anything else that you think will add value to the application. I have a few ideas but not to sure how to start it and set it out. can you help

    Richard 24 Nov at 11:28 pm
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