How should a speaker open the speech?

How should a speaker open the speech?

The opening of your presentation is important to your success because it’s the first impression that the audience has of you and your message. You need to grab their attention and set your direction.

Here are 3 techniques that you might use to open your speech:

Start with a short story
Tell a story that grabs the attention and imagination of your audience. The story should illustrate your point and flow into the rest of your speech.

Make a bold statement
That could be a promise of what your speech will offer. That could be a warning about an unseen threat. It could be a provocative statement that intrigues the audience.

Ask a challenging question
You might ask a question and then wait for responses from the audience. This is a bold and daring approach because you never know how people will respond. The audience might find this an intriguing and engaging opening.

You could also pose a rhetorical question – then answer it yourself. The trick is to pose a good question that gets them thinking, pause a second or few and then answer it yourself. This is a good technique that requires a good question and very good timing.

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