Introducing a Speaker
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may I have your attention – a formal phrase used when speaking to a large, noisy audience, asking them to be quiet and listen to what one has to say * May I have your attention, please? It’s time for the best man to make a toast to the bride and groom.
honor – something that is a pleasure and makes one feel proud and respected * It is a great honor to accept this award. Thank you so much.
to introduce – to present; to tell someone or a group of people about another person whom they are meeting for the first time * Let me introduce you to my wife.
guest speaker – a person who is invited specifically to speak at an event or conference * How were you able to get such a famous celebrity to be a guest speaker at your conference?
to need no introduction – to be very well known by other people, so that everyone already knows one’s profession, background, interests, and more * Madonna’s music is familiar to millions of people, so the performer needs no introduction.
innovator – an inventor; someone who is very creative and willing to take risks, and becomes the first person to find new ways of doing things * Google is an innovator that has changed the way things are done on the Internet.
revolutionary thinker – a person who has many new ideas that are shocking at first, but change the way other people think and the way things are done * Galileo was a revolutionary thinker who taught others that the Earth was not the center of the universe.
to strive – to try to do something that is very difficult and/or uncommon * Their organization strives to reduce poverty and eliminate hunger worldwide.
to bring attention to – to raise awareness of; to make many people think about something that they would normally ignore or be unaware of * Researchers are bringing attention to the education benefits of filling a child’s home with books.