What is the role of the introducer?
The person who introduces the speaker has three key responsibilities. Each must be done to help make the presentation a success. Miss any one of these and you might handicap the speaker and hence the presentation.
1. The introducer needs to get the audience ready to listen. That might mean calling the audience back from their break or quieting them down. This is mostly logistical and it is important. Just imagine the impact if the speaker starts speaking while people are still wandering into the room or talking.
2. The introducer needs to convey the relevance of the presentation to the audience. Why should they listen? What might they learn? Why is this speaker the right person to speak? A well written introduction will cover this step. If the introduction is too long and boring, the introducer might need to shorten it. Another point to keep in mind is that the audience didn’t gather to hear the introduction. They came to hear the speaker.
3. The introducer needs to make the speaker feel welcome. It doesn’t matter how many times this speaker has presented – he still needs to feel good about speaking to this audience. The introducer meets with the speaker before the presentation to get acquainted and confirm signals. The introducer is the host that encourages the audience to welcome the speaker with applause.
The role of the introducer is important and should be taken seriously.George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com