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3 proven speech starters

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Grabbing hold of your audience at the very beginning of a presentation is key to getting your message across and making an impact. You have less than 60 seconds to capture your audience.

Use these 3 proven speech starters to do it.

  1. Questions. Opening with a topic-driven question engages your audience and gets them thinking. The question can be rhetorical or direct. Example: “When is the last time you delivered a truly effective performance review?”
  2. Stories. Sharing a short, relevant story from your experience builds rapport and establishes you as a peer. Example: Give listeners a vignette about experiencing a common pain point.
  3. Statistics. Providing some hard data at the start of a speech builds receptivity by concretely framing the topic. Example: Use market data to open a product launch presentation.

—Adapted from “5 Killer Ways to Open Up Your Next Presentation,” the editors of the The Big Fish Blog, bigfishpresentations.com.

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