So how do you introduce a speaker? I've seen everything from "Let's start" to a reading of the speaker's CV. A few memorable ones (names have been changed):
- Jane Smith needs no introduction so I'll introduce myself instead…
- Last week we had a terrible talk on ABC, today we will learn whether it was the speaker or the area.
- John Doe is famous for proving the XYZ theorem. Today he will talk about something far less interesting.
Don't ask the speaker how he would like to be introduced, as it puts the speaker in an awkward position. Last time my host asked me, I suggested he introduce me as "The person who put the 'W' in AWPP," but he didn't bite.