Effectively introducing team members during a group presentation intro is a presentation skill that requires more than just giving each person’s name. The people attending the meeting will want to know key points about them: what these people worked on, why they are qualified to do this work and what role they will play going forward. Meet with your teammates for short interviews before you make your first impression with your team presentation.
Decide How to Capture the Audience’s Attention
Your first step should be to determine what you believe will pique your audience’s interest. Determine what information you think your audience wants to know about your teammates, and then brainstorm what to include in your introduction.
Your goal might be to let attendees know that the information they are about to see and hear was produced by qualified professionals. In this case, you’ll introduce your teammates after you say good morning during the presentation introduction, or introduce team members throughout the presentation before the part of the project each one worked on.
Give each team member’s name, tell what they worked on and give some background information about them that is relevant to their work on the project. If your goal is to simply recognize each team member at the end as a show of gratitude, you’ll need less information.
Contact Team Members
Let team members know you will be introducing them during the presentation if you are doing so to give attendees background on the project’s staff. Ask your team members to submit a short bio and to specifically include the information you want.
Let them know you will need information about their work on the project and their qualifications and/or why they were chosen to handle this part of the project. After you receive this information, write your introductions and send them to each team member to verify you have everyone's information correct.
If you want to be extra confident, rehearse the introduction in-person with your coworkers so that they can make sure you got the main points correct. Rehearsing also helps make sure that your body language is relaxed and confident, that your powerpoint presentation is correct, and that your key takeaways are emphasized.
Make the Team Introductions
Introduce team members who are being recognized at the end of the business presentation, beginning with a phrase such as, “We’d now like to recognize and thank the people who worked on the project…”
Ask for a round of applause after the final team member is introduced. Introduce your team members by having them stand, or raise their hand if it’s a small meeting, before presenting the information you have gathered about them.
Give the attendees contact information or professional social media handles (like LinkedIn) for each team member in case they want more information on a specific part of the project.
Do not do this if you do not want team members talking about the project outside of their work group. In that case, instruct them to refer all calls or emails to the project manager. Consider adding a presentation slide of their contact information with their headshot.
If you feel it’s better to let team members give their own introductions, introduce each person by name and tell what his role on the project is. This is more interactive for your audience and allows your teammates to introduce themselves on their own terms.
Let each team member then briefly tell what the scope of their work was, why they were chosen and what their role will be as the project is rolled out.
For example, you might say, “I’d like to introduce Bob Smith, who is handling the graphics for this website project.” Bob will stand and say, “I’m a graphic designer with the company and my role on this project is to integrate the user interface over the technical aspects of the website pages to make them user friendly. I’ve got a degree in computer technology, create our company’s website design and will create all new pages once the project goes live and needs updating.”