The Self-Introduction Presentation

Assignment:Self-Introduction PresentationTime limit: 2-3 minutesPoint value:50Instructional materials:  Chapter 2 – Perception, Self, & Communication
Submission: See Recording Instructions below

In your professional and personal life you can expect to encounter opportunities to introduce yourself to others. While this may seem like an easy task, it is important to reflect on your background and experiences and make sure that your self-introduction is appropriate for its intended receiver.

This assignment will give you the opportunity to create and deliver a self-introduction speech while allowing you to gain comfort with the software used to submit your Web presentations. 


  1. Select a word that represents your past, one which represents your present, and another representing your future. You will introduce yourself by detailing why you have selected the word and how it represents you. Consider activities with which you are associated, your ambitions, your talents, or anything else you think might be an important aspect of yourself.
  2. To prepare, briefly jot down the reasons you chose this description and what it says about who you are and how you feel about yourself. Give some thought to your choices
  3. Now, read over your notes and determine what you want to include in your speech. These ideas will become the body of your speech. You will need to add your introduction and conclusion. These will be lasting impressions of you and are important elements for your speech.
    • Think about how you will begin. Start your presentation creatively rather than saying “My name is _______and the first word I chose is ______.”
    • To conclude, avoid saying “Well, that’s all I have.” or “That’s all the time I have.”
  4. On index cards, write down a few key words to jog your memory while you deliver your presentation. DO NOT READ YOUR SPEECH WORD-FOR-WORD.
  5. Practice your presentation before videoing yourself so that you can deliver the information with only occasional glances at your notes.
  6. Consider asking friends or family members to view your presentation before submitting.

How will I be graded?Click here to open the rubric which will be used to evaluate your submission.When Recording your final draft: After recording has started but before you begin your assignment you must verify your identity by holding a valid state- or nationally- issued picture ID to the camera so that it is visible and recognizable to our assessment staff. If you do not do this step you will be asked to resubmit. A driver’s license or passport are preferred.
Recording Instructions

Submitting for this assignment is an easy three-step process:

  • Record
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Submit a link to your YouTube video

You can record and save videos using software on your computer before uploading them to YouTube. The most common computer recording programs are Camera for Windows 8+ and Photo Booth for Mac OS X (a download may be required). You may also use your device manual to look up how to record videos. After saving your video to your computer, please upload it to YouTube.

An alternative approach is recording a video on mobile device (phone or tablet). Please note that this could affect the quality of your video and you will need to download the YouTube app to upload your video.

Using YouTube: YouTube is a free service which allows anyone to post videos online and share them. Please understand that your videos do not need to be public. You may make your video Unlisted as long as you share the link with StraighterLine for evaluation. You should not make your video Private because graders will not be able to view it. Once you have received feedback you can delete your video or make it private, however, good work is always worth sharing (though we do recommend that you edit out any appearance of your ID).

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