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12 Sample Self Introduction Topics

Rules of Thumb for Self Introduction Speeches

Rule number one is: focus on one speech topic. If you have to come up with a very brief 30, 60 second or a somewhat longer - two or three minutes - self introduction, make sharp choices. Do not write an award winning boring autobiography :-)

Due to the fact you have to write your speech around one theme, I recommend to develop one aspect of your life. That aspect will tell who you are and what you are about. Some people call this self introduction speech type a one-point speech, because it's based on one speech idea.

12 Sample Self Introduction Topics

Look at the sample self introduction speech topics and pick out the aspects of your personal life you want to share with the audience. Approach the list below with the who, what, where, why, how and when questions. That's an effective way to outline your first thoughts.

  1. What activity has played or plays an important part in your life? Tell the story and distract the message.
  2. What is your main personal goal?
  3. What do you like very much?
  4. What do you hate or dislike?
  5. Do you have developed a very special skill?  
  6. What is your lifestyle?
  7. Can you come up with a turning point or milestone in you life?
  8. What is your hobby or interest in your spare time?
  9. What is a pet peeve or another very familiar topic you like to talk about, to do or to discuss?
  10. Where you are from? Do your roots reveal something about yourself that's new for the audience? That always works in a speech for self introduction.
  11. Is there an object or prop that means a lot to you?
  12. What distinguishes you from other individuals in class?

Sample Self Introduction Speech Outline

Now that you have picked out a central thesis, use this self introduction sample speech outline.

  • Grab their attention. Immediately bring in your central speech idea.
  • Give some background information. Tell why it is important to you, why you are doing it, why you want to tell them, etcetera.
  • Now work out your topic in a few sentences. Draw the contours, make it personal.
  • Give an example.
  • In conclusion, offer a memorable answer on the question the listeners probably will have when they listen to your public speaking speech: what's in it for me? Tell how this aspect of your life makes who you are and what you are. It will be the perfect ending of your self introduction speech.
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