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Create a Killer Speech Opening With 3 Simple Techniques

How do most speakers start off their talks?

Usually, it’s with some lame remark about the weather, the local sports team, or the ever-unoriginal, “I’m honored to be here.”

Be different. Be dynamic. Be memorable! Following are three simple ways…

Open with a Surprise

Begin by startling your audience with your starting lines. One way is that you can begin in media res — or in the middle of the action — as they do on the television series CSI. Or you can begin by asking the audience a provocative question pertaining to your speech. These unconventional openings immediately get the wheels in your audience members’ minds spinning — which means they’re sucked in from the get-go.

Foreshadow the Journey

Have you ever been listening to a speaker drone on and wondered, “when is this windbag gonna finish?” Don’t let that speaker be you.

Instead, foreshadow the journey that you’re going to take the audience on. Right after your opening, you can tell them, “First, you’re going to learn about X. Then you’re going to see for yourself how X can multiply the power of Y. And then, you’ll learn a technique that lets you put them both together for mind-blowing results — so that you’ll never look at these two unassuming elements the same way again.”

Purpose: This way, as your speech progresses, your audience will know exactly how close you are to finishing. Although if you follow these tips, they might not want you to stop!

Tell Them Why It’s Worth It

You’ve probably heard it plenty of times by now. Your audience members each want to know the infamous WIFFM (pronounced like “whiff ’em”), or “what’s in it for me?”

That’s why you always tell them right up front. Check out the last sentence of the second paragraph in the preceding section: “And then, you’ll learn a technique that lets you put them both together for mind-blowing results — so that you’ll never look at these two unassuming elements the same way again.”

We’re offering the audience a technique that delivers “mind-blowing results.” But they’re only going to pick it up if they listen to the entire speech – so there, you’ve just given them incentive!

Keep these three startling methods to start your speech in your public speaking arsenal at all times. They will ensure that your talk gets talked about, in a good way, and will perhaps even keep you in demand.

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Akweli Parker is the founder of Digital Delta Media LLC, a copywriting firm dedicated to helping individuals and businesses to craft irresistible messages. Download your FREE copy of his ebook “How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Business Copy Blunders” by visiting http://www.digitaldeltamedia.com

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