isb wrote:U THINK I KNOW wrote:I say "here's what I'm going to do I'll ask you sir think of a number..."

I really don't like presentations that say "what I'm going to do". If you must pre-empt actually asking for a number, please avoid the commentary-style presentation:

1. here's what I'm going to do

2. I'm going to do this

3. (do the thing)

4. so here's what I did

Maybe instead, something like

"In a moment I'm going to ask you to think of a number, but there are some important considerations. Most people when asked for a number between 1 and 10 will choose 7. Most people when asked for a number between 10 and 20 will choose 13 or 17. So let's go for a 2-digit number greater than 20. Change your mind a few times and then settle on one that you're happy with..."U THINK I KNOW wrote:I'm just trying to work out "Welcome? thanks for having me? hi I'm U THINK I KNOW? What should be the very first word?

My attitude is a bit elegant...

"Good evening" works. Or "Ladies and Gentlemen". Or start with a "fact":

"A truly focussed human mind is capable of ... and I have made it my life's work to understand its inner workings. Ladies and Gentlemen my name is ..."

I don't equate "hi" with "elegant".

Please let us know what you decide to go with.

Ian

Read this post again and again. Well Stated.