How to connect with an audience before you begin to speak.
Most speakers think that their job begins when they get on stage and open their mouths to utter their first words. Most discussions of how to start a speech begin there – obviously enough – with the first words you say.
But in truth, your relationship begins well before that. There’s your introduction, which sets up your connection, for good or ill, with the people soon to be in front of you. How does that present you? You get to control what you send to the conference organizers for your introducer to read. I’ve heard many more weak introductions than strong ones, and they’re often not well delivered by the V-P of Whatever that gets the assignment to introduce you.
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Via Karen Dietz