First things first.

The phrase "First things first" is useful when you're starting something like a meeting, a game, an interview, cooking something, etc. You say "First things first" to announce what you're going to do first in the order of events.

For example:

First things first: let me start by congratulating everyone for our win at last night's game.

First things first: let me tell you a little bit about our company.

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