Guest Speaker Etiquette

Your guest speaker has arrived and it is now up to you to usher him or her in and present this figure of success with dignity and sincerity.

When introducing a guest speaker, be sure you have prepared and practiced his or her name, the keywords that prompt your phrases and have read through the written introduction for the guest speaker several times over.

Read sample guest speaker introductions to get a sense of what should be included in this mini speech. Set the stage by briefly describing the purpose of the guest speaker's presence, his or her relevance to your organization and any notable facts that will pique the audience's curiosity and attention.

There are thousands of books and websites on how to introduce a guest speaker, many that provide an example of introducing a guest speaker. One excellent guest speaker introduction tip is to close with the guest speaker's name to turn the focus from yourself to the man or woman of the hour.