This blog, What not to do: don't say "for those of you who don't know me" has been written to help you be an excellent business presenter who stands out for all the right reasons at work!

What not to do: Don’t say “For those of you who don’t know me…”

This blog, What not to do: don’t say “for those of you who don’t know me” has been written to help you be an excellent business presenter who stands out for all the right reasons at work!

There are a whole lot of things that we shouldn’t say when we’re presenting in business.

 

I’m Michelle Bowden. I’m an authority on persuasive presenting in business, and welcome to What Not To Do, a segment designed to help you eliminate all those annoying little habits that you’ve picked up over the years that aren’t actually helping you to be persuasive.

 

One of the things that you shouldn’t say when you’re presenting is, “For those of you who don’t know me.” It’s a really common thing that a lot of people do say. It’s something that you say to preempt your introduction of yourself.

 

My question to you is this: what about those of you who do know me? Never mind about you!

 

That’s the reason you shouldn’t say it. It’s because it’s known as an exclusive statement. “For those of you, who don’t know me” implies that you’re only talking to those people who don’t know you and that all the other people in the audience who do know you don’t matter, and that’s not what you want to do when you want to be 100% inclusive in an audience.

 

A better way is just to say your name. “Good morning, everyone. I’m Michelle” or, “How wonderful to see you all. I’m Michelle” or “It’s terrific. You’re all here today. I’m Michelle”. The people who know that you’re Michelle won’t mind that you did it that way and the people who didn’t know your name know it now. So there you go. Don’t say, “For those of you who don’t know me.”

Happy presenting.

CBA team members excelling in presentation skills training with Michelle Bowden presentation skills trainer in March 2023

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©2024 MICHELLE BOWDEN is an authority on persuasive presenting in business. She’s run her Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass over 995 times for more than 13,000 people over the past 25 years and her name is a synonym for ‘presentation skills’ in Australia. 

Michelle is a multi-million-dollar pitch coach to her client list that reads like a who’s who of international business: banking and finance, IT, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications plus many more.

Michelle is the creator of the Persuasion Smart Profile®, a world-first psychological assessment tool that reports on your persuasive strengths and weaknesses at work, the best-selling internationally published author of How to Present: the ultimate guide to presenting live and online (Wiley) and her new book is called How to Persuade: the skills you need to get what you want (Wiley). Visit www.michellebowden.com.au

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