Chapter I Beginning the Speech Text
I. Opening Remarks
Sample Opening Remarks
1) Thank you very much, Prof. Fawcett, for your very kind introduction. Mr.Chairman, Ladies and gentleman, Good morning! I consider it a great honor to beasked to speak about …on this session of our symposium.2) Ladies and gentleman. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to address such adistinguished audience.3) Good morning. Let me start by saying just a few words about my own background.4) Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for your kind introduction. President,Distinguished colleagues, Ladies and gentleman, Good morning! Is my voice loudenough?5) Good morning, everyone. I appreciate the opportunity to be with you today. I amhere to talk to you about…6) Good morning, everyone. I am very happy to have this chance to give my presentation. Before I start my speech, let me ask you a question. By a show of hands,how many of you own a car?
Expressing thanks to the Chairperson
Mr. Chairman, thank you for your introduction.First, I would like to thank Mr. Chairman for his gracious introduction.Thank you very much, Prof. Fawcett, for your very kind introduction.I would like to thank Dr. Huang
for permitting me the privilege to speak to this audience.
Forms of Address and Greetings
Distinguished colleagues, Ladies and gentleman, Good morning!Members of the conference!
Expressing Pleasure and Honor
I am very happy/glad/pleased to be here in Hong Kong.I am honored/privileged to be here (with you this afternoon).I am proud to be here on this special occasion.It’s a very great pleasure for me to be able to attend this conference.I consider it a great honor to be asked to speak about …on this session of our symposium/ at thisconference..It is a great pleasure to be given the honor of first speaker on this important topic.
Can you hear me all right?Is my voice too loud?
Reference to the Audience
I can see many of you are from …department.I know many of you are familiar with this topic.You all look as though you’ve heard this before.