Writing an introduction about oneself, whether to be presented orally or in writing, involves highlighting one's achievements, avoiding clichés and sometimes telling a brief story about oneself. It is important to set a tone that is specifically aimed at the audience who is expected to hear or read the introduction.Continue Reading
Personal introductions should be short and to the point. They should only list material that is relevant to the situation at hand; for instance, a business-oriented personal introduction usually avoids mention of family or hobbies, while an introduction for a community project might focus on those elements.
Because readers and listeners typically respond well to stories, starting a personal introduction with a brief story is often a good idea. Find a story that is relevant to the situation at hand and that reveals quickly some of the key information to be conveyed. Starting personal statements by speaking about people who affected one's life or meaningful quotes is also often effective.
Choosing the right achievements to highlight can be key to an effective personal introduction. Depending on the situation surrounding the introduction, these could include educational achievements, including degrees and specific schools; professional certifications; professional organizations; publications; awards received; and other recognition. Choose evocative words and avoid clichés to keep the attention of the reader or listener.Learn more about Applying & Interviewing