Great presentations are about the audience, not the speaker.  Speaking skills are essential to getting ahead in business.  Avoid a boring, “Me-focused” opening to prevent the audience from losing interest.  “My name is XY, and I am CEO of ABC Corp.  I always ….” is too focused on the speaker. Your opening should be “You-focused” by letting your audience know how your presentation will focus upon and benefit them! For example, opening with “Can you remember a moment when a brilliant idea flashed into your head?”   (Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking.) The audience can relate to this question, and will be instantly tuned into what you have to say.  “You-focused” openings will give your speech the initial spark necessary for an interesting speech.