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.
- 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 ?”
- 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.
- 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.