Three Examples of Ice-Breaker Speeches

“Tell me about yourself?”

How do you respond to this most simple of questions?

This is the question that starts many friendships, job interviews, professional relationships and team experiences. However, in many cases… the way that we answer ruins the possibility of creating something great.  How do you answer this question?

Andrew Dlugan provides an excellent overview of the Ice Breaker speech at his blog Six Minutes.  I recommend that you start by reading that post.

Always be Prepared

This is a good speech to practice 
- Introduce yourself: you are an absolute authority on this topic, no research will be needed.
- Conquer fear: get started on preparing a speech that you will give hundreds of times over the course of a life; when you meet someone new, when you move to a new team at work, when you start a new training course.

Here are a 3 simple examples of how to introduce yourself:

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Structure: “How did I get here?”

Patrick from US Toastmasters

Would you like to meet Patrick?  How did his story engage you?  Are you interested in finding out more?  How could you use Patrick’s structure to explain who you are?
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Structure 4 phases of my life:

Esha from Indian Toastmasters

Would you like to meet Esha?  How did her story engage you?  Are you interested in finding out more?  How could you use Esha’s structure to explain who you are?

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Structure: My heroes:

Tom from Dublin Toastmasters

Would you like to meet Tom?  How did his story engage you?  Are you interested in finding out more?  How could you use Tom’s structure to explain who you are?

Are there any other good examples?  Please let me know.

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Another way to improve your confidence is regular practice.  I have been developing an online module of my Persuasive Communications seminar.  It is available here: Improve My Speaking. Feel free to share this resource with friends (and people who need it).

20 comments

  1. rajaperumal · · Reply

    Patrick was good. bit fidgety.
    Esha good body language.
    Tom was great very matter of fact.

  2. Sukhdip · · Reply

    Initially i could not engage with either of the three members and i thought i culd do better. So been a smart cookie i put on the webcam and started talking about myself………….and there goes……. I realised i am worse than all of them and needed to improve big time on articulating my thoughts and put across to myself.As long they were in myind, everything was alright but the moment the tongue was geared up nothing made sense.
    Thnks and i have started working on it.

    1. Brilliant – yep, it is often so much easier to point out flaws in others than it is to deliver the perfect version ourselves – well done on taking the path to mastery of communication rather than the path of mastery of criticism ;-)

  3. Patrick’s speech is interesting and he seemed to have taken all my concentration, by the time i got to toastmaster speech 1 and Tom, kind of lost interest. Cant make up my mind if I would have listenedd to tom or the lady had they been first.

    1. hehe – yep, first and last speakers always have an advantage in terms of being memorable!

  4. Patick started off strong, but he lost me somewhere in the middle and I stopped watching. When deciding whether or not someone is interesting, I don’t want a narrative that takes me back and forth too much.

  5. Colleen White · · Reply

    Was that a trick question about Patrick’s presentation?

    1. I think it was just a rhetorical question to prompt you to evaluate his approach.

  6. Hi, I check your new stuff daily. Your humoristic style is
    witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

  7. Lalit · · Reply

    Isha’s speech was good

    1. Yes, she is great ;-)

  8. Jasmine · · Reply

    Esha’s speech was the best!!!!!!

    1. ;-) she is good!

  9. Tom’s presentation was great. So funny¡¡¡¡¡ it was a good tool to link his life to historical moments and important historical figures. I believe his body language was not so good at the end of the speech(around min 5) as he was balancing a lot, am I right?… Thanks

    1. Yes ;-) I am looking to expand and give some more good examples… any good tips?

  10. Loved Tom’s speech. Que hombre tan simpático, no?

    1. Hehehe, yep. You finished with Greek and Romans? ;-)

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