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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 01:15

How do I write a speech about myself in the 3rd person? How would you start off your introduction?

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How would you talk about yourself in the 3rd person?Interesting question! Of the hundreds of speeches and presentations that I have delivered, I don’t think that I have ever delivered a speech, in the third person, about myself. As for writing self-promotional copy in the third person, yes, lots of it.

I think one of the initial challenges in creating this type of speech is that it is an uncomfortable topic for many of us. Certainly it is a topic that we know more about than any other person in the world, but actually saying it out loud and sharing it with others is challenging. It relies on a certain amount of assertiveness and self-confidence.

Many of us have been told from an early age that we shouldn’t talk about ourselves because nobody likes a bragger. I quite often refer to the quote from Walt Whitman, American Cowboy Poet “If you done it, it ain’t bragging!”

How you create your speech and the content that you include, depends on what your purpose is. Are you speaking to inform, are you speaking to entertain, are you speaking to promote yourself, or is this merely an exercise to get you thinking out of the box?

Let’s focus on the ‘how would you start off your introduction?’ First off, I’m not sure if you are confusing an introduction with your speech opening. They are very different. The introduction is where you prepare an introduction for your introducer to share with your audience. It should include details that cover who, why, what and how. Why are you speaking? What are you speaking about? Why should the audience listen to you or care about what you have to say? Your introducer is setting you up for success.

There will be times that you don’t have an introducer and have to fit it into your opening comments. This can tend to take away from your impact.

Your opening on the other hand, should immediately grab the audience’s attention and make them want to hear what you have to say. I’m fond of what Tom Antion, an American humour writer recommends about presentation openings “Wake em up, shake em up!”

I have been embracing self-promotion as of late and am writing a book on the subject. If your intent is to share with the world your unique talents, skills, beliefs and values, you can do so in a 3rd person speech about yourself. Once again, your self-confidence comes in to play.

Here is an example of an opening from my Linkedin profile. While not specifically written as an opening for a speech, I have certainly included it in many of my presentations. You will note that I am comfortable at using a tongue-in cheek style of delivery and am not afraid to laugh at myself.

“”How many people can honestly say that they spent part of their formative years in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane?
 Rae can! True, he was working as a staff in the Dietary Department and was able to go home every evening at the end of his shift. Fortunately, that experience hasn’t had a lasting effect on him.
 Over the past 35+ years Rae has been working as a Registered Nurse, predominantly in the field of mental health/psychiatric nursing. This has provided Rae with an in-depth understanding of human behaviour & psychology, which comes in handy for his creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. 
 Along his life journey he discovered Toastmasters, where he learned that the limitations we place upon ourselves are really only our own inhibitions preventing or perhaps protecting us from actions we aren’t ready to undertake. 
 Rae is driven by the creative process and is passionate about turning ideas into reality. As the District 21 Toastmasters District Governor (2007-2008) his theme was “Attitude = Altitude!” He promotes that belief everyday in every project he takes on. Ask him how he can help turn your idea into reality.
 As an entrepreneur Rae believes in having multiple opportunities on the go.”

It goes on for a little more but I think you get the idea. Not many people would admit to being in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane and likely don’t know anybody who actually has been. It works well as an attention grabber. More examples can be seen at

So you opening comments should grab your audience’s attention and set them up for receiving the message that you want to share.

Good luck with your speech and thanks again for the question.

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Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth


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