I bumped into a great little article posted yesterday at online arts magazine TheMillions. Written by Janet Potter, it’s about how to introduce an author in a public setting, but can easily be adapted to introducing anyone. I’ll be giving a very short eulogy in a couple of months and have already found these ideas very helpful.
In short: be short. 500 words max. Do due research, cut down to the very best bits, include a quotation or two, be honest in giving a personal impression. 500 words and stick to ’em.