"I have not met a single MP who thinks she will lead us into another election after the last disastrous snap election". Ready to get going on the meat of it, though?
But she did her best to appear relaxed as she sashayed on to the stage to Abba hit Dancing Queen and joked about the coughing fit and collapsing stage backdrop which marred her calamitous conference speech in Manchester previous year.
It was a warm welcome for a leader whose fragile position was put under further pressure after the European Union rejected parts of her so-called Chequers plan and critics stepped up calls for her to rethink her strategy for Brexit.
But did it succeed? It was a nod to her much-mocked boogie during a trip to Africa earlier this year.
The driving message of the speech was unity.
At one point she was talking about the hard choices that had been made by the Torygovernments and suffered by many people since the credit crunch.
The overtones of her comments were in support for moderate Labour MPs, members and supporters not usually used to love from the Conservatives, 'Would Neil Kinnock...have stood by while his own MPs faced deselection and needed police protection at their conference?
She added: "What has befallen Labour is a national tragedy". "We are entering the toughest phase of the negotiations", May said, drawing firm applause. But pro-exit members of May's Conservative government oppose any softening of the U.K.'s stance.
"A second referendum would be a "politicians' vote": politicians telling people they got it wrong the first time and should try again".
"The very timing of his speech, on the eve of the Prime Minister's keynote address, was calculated to upstage her and cause her maximum embarrassment", the paper said.
"A party not for the few, not even for the many, but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best".
Less than three weeks before a make-or-break European Union summit in Brussels, May said divorce talks were entering their "toughest phase". We need a strong leader, someone who believes in Brexit and someone to deliver what the electorate voted for.
I found an alternative privately, but this dynamic is now already rippling through business, agriculture, hospitality, healthcare and most other sections of the economy.
These are all important ways in which we're dealing day to day with the issues that make a real difference to people's lives.
And then came the policies.
The Local Government Association which represents hundreds of town halls and city halls, described her decision to lift the borrowing cap for building houses as fantastic.
"Because for millions of people, their auto is not a luxury".
"A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over", she said. "But if we stick together and hold our nerve I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain". MPs must approve any final Brexit deal. He will set out the overall direction of public spending in this autumn's finance statement, with a review to distribute the funds to departments to follow next year.
Theresa May, whose absolute majority in Parliament relies on its ally, the small party, ultra-conservative northern irish DUP, must also take into account the requirements of the latter. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week.