What’s a good way to start your presentation?

What’s a good way to start your presentation?

Pause.

When you start your presentation, walk to the position where you will start speaking. Take your position, plant your feet firmly and look confidently at the audience and pause – for at least three seconds. A bigger audience will need a longer pause, perhaps eight, ten or more seconds.

While you are standing there pausing look at one person for a couple seconds and then another. Offer a friendly smile but say nothing.

The first few times you use this technique it’ll feel uncomfortable to you. But the results will be powerful. The audience will quiet down and eagerly anticipate your first words. They’ll admire your confidence because it takes tremendous confidence to use this technique to open your presentation.

Very few speakers use this technique so this alone will impress your audience and make you stand out.

Many speakers rush up to the front of the room and immediately start speaking because they are nervous and that seems like the intuitive thing to do.

The best speakers do things that aren’t necessarily intuitive.

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