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I’ve never introduced anyone before, and now I’m trying to come up with something cogent to say about a guy who’s coming to our campus on Monday. What’s more, I have to say whatever it is that I come up with not once, but twice, since this guy is speaking at two separate events on Monday. I’ve heard him speak once, and I use his online resources a lot… but that doesn’t sound like enough of an introduction.

Of course, these are both pretty informal events, so I keep telling myself not to stress about this. Not that this tactic EVER helps me not to stress about stuff. But I try it all the time anyway: “Now Iris, it’s just a [fill in the blank here]. This is nothing to worry about. So what are you worried about? It’s STUPID to worry about this stuff! GET A GRIP!!” You see how it goes. Does this sound calming?

I didn’t think so.

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous

    So have you worked out what you’re going to say, yet?

    I reckon saying something simple like “I’ve heard X speak twice, and use his online resources, like blah blah a lot, and am looking forward to hearing what he has to share with us today” is quite fine.

    Mind you ‘ve never had the pleasure/stress of having to introduce anyone, either… I’m sure I’d be nervous, too!

  2. Iris Iris

    That’s pretty much what I’m going to say. But since I’m an over-achiever, I’m also going to mention that his review of a new book on the subject at hand was just published in blah blah blah… He’ll have be content with that.

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