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The 3 best ways to start any speech and have the crowd interested

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In this article I will give you  The 3 best ways to start any speech and have the crowd interested!  Look no further because these will definitely help you engage any audience but before I give you the secrets…..

 

Here are two reasons why your Introduction needs to be engaging and interesting immediately:

 

(1) Audiences make value judgments about you, your organization, and your message in the first 30-60 seconds of your presentation.

 

(2) Your opening introduction will set the entire tone of your presentation (including whether you’ll be compelling or not).

 

I have seen so much people who start off their presentation/speech like:

“Thank you so much for that kind introduction.  I’ve really been looking forward to this evening, blah, blah, blah…”.

OR

“Today, I would like to talk about . . .”

 

These two are the worst openings you could ever use because immediately you will be considered predictable and  boring, however I think most of us want something different for our presentations.  We want to open with flair, style,impact and leave people on the edge of their seat!

 

And remember to avoid starting your Introduction like: 

 

“Let me start out with a story . . .”, or, “I heard a very funny joke the other day . . “

 

  Just tell us the story or the joke! If you begin signaling heavily your stories or jokes beforehand your flair and capacity to captivate the audience will go down the drain! That’s exactly what you want to avoid!

 

The 3 top number-1 techniques to start any speech

 

1. Stories (Arouse suspense and curiosity)

Stories can be found anywhere from your imagination, personal experience, newspapers, T.V, friends/family, books and even google.

You will never ever run out of stories and there are millions of stories/anecdotes you can use. So you can never say, I cant find a story to go with my speech/presentation. Not true!

 

Remember they are:

  1. Interesting
  2. They help people remember what you said
  3.   They are a great way to convey information and emotion memorably.

 

We all crave stories because we all have them.  Proposing this shared experience with your audience allows them to identify with you on a personal level.

 

Now that you’ve established a connection with your listeners and viewers, you can merge your message with their thoughts while keeping them engaged and entertained.

 

Just remember to keep the story relevant to the requested topic/event you were asked to speak about in order to maximize effectiveness.

 

2. Statistics

You have a 1 out of 2,067,000 chance of dying on a plane and a 1 in 423,548 chance of dying from falling out of your bed!

 

Normally numbers or any type of data can seem boring in a presentation!

However when used correctly, statistics can be very, very effective in illuminating your topic.  The secret here is to use very clear, accurate and relevant information in order to truly engage your audience.

A solid statistic places your incoming message in a concrete  and trusted frame of reference.  Data not only provides your presentation with a trusted source, but also lends credibility to everything you say!

 

Bonus Tips:

How to make any and all types of statistics sound engaging in your introduction?

According to “sixminutes.dlugan.com“(one of the best guides on becoming a confident and effective speaker available!)

 

  • Pause immediately before the statistic to create suspense.

 

  • Articulate clearly, and speak slightly slower than your normal rate. This will also signal the importance of the statistic.

 

  • Pause immediately after the statistic (a little longer than before) to give your audience time to process the meaning and “feel” the impact.

 

  • Use gestures to demonstrate the magnitude. Standing with your arms wide open, for example, creates a sense of size.

 

  • Use facial expressions to convey the appropriate reaction. (i.e. show your own shock, surprise, sadness, etc.)

 

3. Quotes 

 

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” (Steve Jobs)

 

“Referencing the words and thoughts of an expert in relation to your message is useful for establishing an overarching theme or general idea about the topic.”

 

You are imparting wisdom on your audience while creating a tunnel into your own topic.  Since you have prepared the audience with a nugget of value, your information now appears to be equally as valuable.

 

Just make sure you follow up the quote with an explanation of how it empowers your topic and how it is relevant. Another tip you

 

Bonus Tips: 

How To Make a simple Quote sound amazing in your introduction? 

According to “sixminutes.dlugan.com“(one of the best guides on becoming a confident and effective speaker available!)

 

  • Don’t use a quote that everyone knows.

 

  • Quote a well-known expert in the field.

 

  • Pause before and after.
    You should pause briefly before the quote (a little suspense, and to grab attention) and then a little longer after the quote (to allow the meaning of the quotation to be absorbed by your audience.) Give the quotation respect, and let its impact be felt.

 

  • Spice up your vocal delivery.
    Of course, you should be varying your voice throughout your presentation. Just like other key statements in your speech, a quotation deserves a little extra vocal emphasis. Maybe louder, maybe softer. Maybe happier, maybe sadder. Let the mood of the quote guide your delivery.
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