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This article discusses and describes the formal way that a speaker can be introduced to an audience with real world examples.
It is true that we have to play many roles when we live in our society depending on our work and social status we have. On many occasions, we may have to participate in formal or informal discussions, meetings, seminars, debates, conversations etc. Sometimes, we may be asked not only to attend a certain meeting or a seminar but also to conduct a meeting where we have to introduce a guest speaker/s to an audience. In such cases, it is very necessary for anyone to know the formal manner how a guest speaker is introduced to a meeting, discussion or a seminar. In this task, first of all, you are required to build the image of the speaker in such a manner that both the speaker and the audience will be very much impressed to a good degree whereby the speaker can build up a sound rapport with the audience which makes him/her easy to do his/her task effectively and successfully. To do your duty well, you should try to get the speaker‟s bio data in advance and find out the real human being behind the picture. What are his/her unknown facts, personal interests, achievements in his chosen filed, interests in social services, charity, philosophy, faith and national and international recognition etc? Once you have finished this step, next, you have to think of the sequence as to how this information is presented logically. You should remember that you are not going to read out a bio-data of a person but it is an act of image building. 1 In sequencing details of a speaker, you can follow the following flow chart which will give you a clear idea of this process. (Good morning/afternoon/evening) Greeting (It gives me great pleasure) Introductory statement (President) Position (…………………….) Experience/qualification (Ladies and gentlemen) Recognition of audience (Mr. Takashi) Name of the speaker (Advisor) Extra Information (Rinzai Asia Center Kobe) Place of work (The ole of his organization) Topic subject Study the given texts and pay attention to the various ways through which we can introduce a speaker formally. “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our chief guest Mr. Takshi Matsuyama, the President of Rinzai Asia Center Kobe and advisor to the Ministry of Education, I cordially invite Dr. Matsuayama to deliver his speech on the “Role of his organization played in providing assistance to the refugees in Dang camp in Thailand for the past few years‟. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Dr. Matsuyama. Thank you.” “Good afternoon Ladies and gentlemen, it‟s a great privilege to introduce our next speaker Prof. Abbera Bekele, she is the Head of Early Child Program of UNICEF. Today she is going to talk on “Early Childhood development; Global Trends and Application in Thailand. Please welcome Prof. Abbera. Thank you.” You are required to be familiar with some target phrases like the ones given below. It is indeed an honor to introduce …………….. It gives me great pleasure to introduce………… I‟m very happy to introduce to you today……… May we present you, the Chairman of BPL Group of companies, managing Director and a renowned author, Mr. Thomas Edison……………………… 2 Now you can do the following activities to become familiar with the task of introducing a speaker to an audience. 1. Introduce any two speakers to a seminar/meeting/symposium/work shop/discussion or any social, cultural or religious function using the above mentioned flow chart. 2. Making use of the given guide lines, introduce these people. *. Prof. Masako Kamijo, Kanagawa University- Topic „Japanese Education‟. Extra information: Advisor to international Projects Development, 15 years experience in research work. 3. Mr. Peter Parker, Minister for foreign Affairs. A member of the house of Representatives from Arkansas State. Graduated from the Faculty of Politics & Economics, New York University. – Topic „A long march of Japanese Economy to an affluent nation. 4. Asst. Prof. Chitroporn Sherdshooponse, Head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. Topic “English Language Teaching and cultural change in Southern Thailand” Sarath W. Samaranayake Prince of Songkla University, P.O. Box. 80 Korhong Post Office, Hatyai 90112, Songkla, Thailand. firstname.lastname@example.org 3
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