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At seminars with broad audiences, the Master of Ceremony (MC) will introduce who the presenter / speaker is by presenting a personal biodata slide (sort of CV). Sometimes, this can be delivered verbally, but also mostly delivered with presentation slides. Do we need to adapt this slide for our presentation session?

Basic Goals

Before we draw conclusions, DoctorSlide try to present the basic purpose of why people make these self-introduction slides. Some basic goals:

  • Introducing who the speaker is (so it will make audience-speaker bond closely)
  • Tells the expertise of the speaker (so that the audience confident enough that they are joining the right session)
  • Building a positive image for the speaker
  • Gather the attention of the audience to focus on the speaker

Does This Slide Mandatory to be Included in Every Presentation Session?

It depends. If you are going to run a presentation session where you don't know most of the audience (and they don't know you as well), it will be better if you prepare a personal biodata slide. However, if you are going to make a presentation to the company internally (in the purpose of the division report) it is certainly not necessary. Unless you are in the process of selecting for job promotion, for example, then the personal biodata slide will be important enough to be inserted as an opening (so that the panelists can remember your background at a glance).

What is the perfect structure/component of this self-introduction slide?

Below are some components that you need to insert when creating self-introduction slide:

  • Your full name and nick name (if any)
  • Educational background (latest degrees with major and university) - it can be optional as well depends on your audiences' profile
  • Working experience (such as positions that have been undertaken)
  • Achievement (this content can be the most important because it fosters respect for the audience)
  • Hobbies and principles of life (to create a friendly impression from the speaker)
  • Family (example: father of 2 girls or mother of 5 children) - optional
  • Social networks handler (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)

Anything you write down, make sure it is based on reality (there is nothing made up). Especially in this digital era where information is so transparent and easily tracked, don't ruin your reputation by having a fake information on your slide.

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Disclaimer: this article originated written in Bahasa and being translated using Google Translate hence please understand if there's any mistake of tenses and/or misunderstanding that occurred. Thank you for reading!

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