Hey, everybody! We're back this week with the idea of improving our speech introductions, especially when we are speaking in public. Let's dive in!
How can you create a good introduction? What is the keyword here? Creating. You must make it yours, personal, and that's the basis for the three points you should remember when focusing on this first part of your talk.
1. Provocative question:
E.g.: Did you know that there are more than nine million bicycles in Beijing, the capital of China
E.g.: Don't worry, I'll try to keep my talk brief. They say it's better to leave your audience before your audience leaves you, right?
3. Shocking fact:
E.g.: There are more possible iterations in a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.
4. Evoke an image:
E.g.: Imagine/What if there was a zombie apocalypse(?).
E.g.: "Like father, like son", they say.
E.g.: "Truth be told I never graduated from college, and this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation". (Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005).
What do you think? Now, won't you be able to create your own, personal and powerful introduction for your speech? So, go and sing high as a Starling!