How to Open a Speech or Presentation

Matt Eventoff

All too often, this is what is heard to open the speech or presentation: “Hi, thank you for having me. So how do you effectively open a speech or presentation? . There are a number of effective ways to open a speech or presentation. An example - one that I often use to open a presentaiton dealing with public speaking: &# It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.&# – Mark Twain. The audience is seated.

Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

Craig’s post, “ Start strong — 3 gripping ways to open your talk ,” is important because people tune out quickly if they think your presentation will be boring or irrelevant. Content a presentation begin open a talk start a presentation

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How to open your talk with a question

Speaking about Presenting

Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations? I was, of course, analyzing Mohammed’s techniques and one thing that I noticed is how he opened his talks. So what strategic question might you use to open your next presentation?

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Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

PowerPoint Tips

Here are the steps to create an open circle: Draw an oval. Right-click the top point and choose Open Path. The post Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes appeared first on PowerPoint Tips Blog.

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Acceptance speeches improved by strong openings

Speak Schmeak

As I believe most bloggers who write about the Academy Awards acceptance speeches today are writing about speeches as a whole, I've decided to focus on speech openings. Here's just one example of how taking out the fillers can make a huge difference in the opening punch of a speech.

London 2012. Olympic Opening Ceremony. 7 points for presenters

The Presenter's Blog

London 2012 delivered the opening of the 30th Olympic Games, and with it’s magnificent Opening Ceremony, also demonstrated seven olympic sized ideas for building presentations: 1. Put heavy hitters first and last to create a powerful opening and a memorable conclusion.

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Remaining open, curious

Pivotal Public Speaking

“The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage — to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature — is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious.&#.

Remaining open, curious

Pivotal Public Speaking

“The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage — to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature — is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious.&#.

November 12for12 Challenge: Pump up your opening and closing

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our eleventh challenge: Pump up your opening and closing. Openings, while often overlooked and left to chance, are one of the more important areas of your presentation. I'm going to suggest right now that you avoid these methods of opening your presentation.

Lousy opening to your presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Lousy opening to your presentation The purpose of your opening is to build interest in your presentation. Your opening is like the opening paragraph of an article or the first chapter in your book. Nothing he said in his opening did that.

A good introduction/opener

PowerPoint Tips

The entire opening should only take a minute or two. Here are some other ideas for openers: Ask your audience a question and ask them to raise hands in reply. When you’ve written your introduction/opening, rewrite it and edit it until you like it.

Communication Strategies: Openness

The Communication Blog

Openness in interpersonal communication is a person’s willingness to self-disclose——to reveal information about himself or herself as appropriate. Openness also includes a willingness to listen openly and to react honestly to the messages of others. This does not mean that openness is always appropriate. In fact, too much openness is likely to lead to a decrease in your relationship satisfaction. Communicating Openness. openness communication strategies

open thread – January 5-6, 2018

Duarte Blog

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. You may also like: I get angry when my coworkers make mistakes I’m worried my manager has lost confidence in me resigning via cod, a glorious out-of-office message, and other quitting stories open thread – January 5-6, 2018 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. open threads

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

Lackluster openings bore audiences, but there is a way to begin your presentation that will make audiences take notice: skip the formalities and say something that immediately engages them. Imagine opening your presentation by immediately engaging your audience. The audience is seated.

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Presentation structure: Why it’s smarter to put your conclusion in your opening

Speaking about Presenting

When do you put your conclusion in the opening? A long time ago I attended a presentation on ostrich farming. It was pleasantly interesting because I love animals but I didn’t really get the point – after all I wasn’t planning on being an ostrich farmer.

Don't Neglect Your Opening and Closing

Executive Speech Coach

His opening line was, “So what I’m gonna try to do…” Would he start an ad with such a limp phrase? close presentation mistakes presentation opening The speaker understood the concept of beginning – middle – end. But he didn’t practice that in the delivery of his speech. As the owner of an advertising agency, he explained that every ad follows a storyline and every story has a beginning, middle and end.

Virtual networking: Open the circle

Speak Schmeak

Instead of creating your comfort zone of friends and colleague and standing in a virtual "closed circle," open the circle and invite new people in. We grow our connections by opening the circle. As I've written here before, I can be shy at networking events.

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39 famous speeches by women to open #WomensHistoryMonth

The Eloquent Woman

When you have a treasure trove as large as The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches , you can use it as a lens on the topic of women and public speaking.

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Open Your Heart to Speak from your Heart at Weddings

Speaking Freely

Once in a while, I have the pleasure of working with someone who is giving a speech at a wedding. If any speech should come from the heart, it would be a wedding toast. Last week a delightful man, I’ll call him Daniel, came for help with giving the speech of his life at his [.].

E-Mail Blasts - Your Clickbait Prevents Opens

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's why those clickbait-oriented campaigns are not having a high open rate. Too many newbie email marketers assume that the subject line has to be clickbait. Dead wrong, at least if that catchy phrase doesn't indicate what is being sold and its benefits to the prospect.

3 Keys to a Powerful Opening — Even If You “Put Audiences to Sleep”

Succeed Speaking

That’s how Dr. Elliot Krane opened his TED talk earlier this year… and I think it was brilliant! Could you imagine Zig Ziglar delivering that opener? Three tips for a powerful opening. What’s your favorite opening from a speaker? (It

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Guest Posting: Speech Openings, by Alan Stevens

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Alan Stephens’ Presentation Tip of the Week Alan Stevens is the current President of the Global Speakers Federation. He is a PR Professional and expert on media and communications. His company ,The Media Coach, covers both traditional and social media. He’s also a member of the British Computer Society, and broadcasts regularly on technology and consumer [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Speechwriting

Bad Opening Lines to Your Speech: 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Executive Speech Coach

Imagine if you could deliver an opening to your presentation that was that effective. But first you need to banish these disaster lines from the opening of your speech. Avoid these opening line mistakes in your presentation. This is a dumb and confusing opening line. It appears that you are sitting on the fence with your opening statement. Your opening line to your presentation could seduce your audience or repel them. You had me at hello.

How to start a presentation

PowerPoint Tips

I have another post, called A good introduction/opener , that has more information on this topic. Do you have any stories about disastrous openers that you witnessed? Content beginning introduction opener startThe first minute after you start speaking is crucial.

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Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

Your opening often determines just how much of your presentation the audience is going to “tune in&# for. These are by no means the only effective ways to open. Again, these are simply suggestions of other effective techniques to use to open a speech or presentation. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression&# – Will Rogers.

Registration open for 'Be The Eloquent Woman' workshop in Amsterdam

The Eloquent Woman

I''m delighted to say that you can now register for the European Speechwriter Network Conference , taking place in Amsterdam on October 24--and also for Be The Eloquent Woman , my workshop on women and public speaking, which is one of three pre-conference sessions taking place October 23.

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Being Open Is Risky Business - But the Alternative Is Riskier

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  They are choices that close you off to your potential audiences rather than opening you up to them.    Everyone closes down when it’s most important to be open.    If you're preparing a presentation, then, go for openness.   Be open to the audience.  When you stand up to speak in front of others, you're risking a great deal. 

Amber Tamblyn: "The more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir"

The Eloquent Woman

The stirring conclusion of the article should give encouragement to any woman who cares about speaking up, and speaking in public: " We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir.

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Sloppy TEDx Presentation Opening

Executive Speech Coach

I quit that TEDx video after 2 minutes… There was nothing in his opening to grab our attention, demonstrate that we should listen to him or even respect him. "Hi Everyone, ah , Thank you for your time today. It’s, ah , very daunting to get up here after those wonderful talks this afternoon.

Open @ Recovery, Celebrate Anniversaries of Sobriety in Public - Not So Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a movement afoot to bring one's former problem drinking and other substance abuse problems into the open - and joyfully celebrate anniversaries of sobriety in public. The recent presidential report on substance abuse, especially opioids, also recommends openness

Rethinking Title Slides

Presentation Guru

Here John Zimmer makes the case for rethinking the potential of the title slide and gives ideas on how to make the most impact when opening your next presentation. … Visuals Write Great Speeches Audience Connection featured Hook your Audience Making it Memorable Presentation Openings

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Disastrous Opening to the Conference

Executive Speech Coach

That was the opening statement from the conference chair at 9:20 am. He probably didn’t care or even realize that we might feel annoyed with the delayed opening. Hello Finally, the opening keynote speaker was introduced. His opening slide was the word “Hello”.

How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and.

Executive Speech Coach

Sunday, February 20, 2011 How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and Close with Memorable Oomph Free Audio Class - Feb. 24 - Registration Closed If you listened to this free audio class - please complete the survey Click here to take survey ATTENTION: Imagine your audience snapping to attention during the opening of your presentation. Do you want to electrify your listeners with a magnetic opening? Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Media training: More words to avoid (Let’s shut the door on “open the kimono”)

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’m not sure why some executives say “Open the kimono” during a media interview. I really have no idea why they use these words. But I wish they would permanently drop the phrase from all future interviews, Q&A sessions, and presentations. In fact, it would be nice if they never uttered this phrase again. It’s […]. Media training Presentation skills Social media

3 Sales Presentation Openers to Avoid

Executive Speech Coach

More recently, I viewed a series of sales demonstrations and all but one of the four sales team opened their presentation the same way. Here are three openers you need to avoid using when starting a sales presentation. The vast majority of sales presentations I have seen open with the seller talking about their company. Guest Post by Kelley Robertson During the last 17-plus years I have been part of, or watched, hundreds of sales presentations.

How to design your talks to engage an audience without resorting to nudity

Kate's Voice

communication Speaking vocal delivery intention nudity opening and closing public speaking tips Storytelling

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Body Language Quick Takes – How to Spot Openness

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  My first attitude is opennessOpenness begins with the face.    The person’s eyes are open wide, and focused on you; her eyebrows may be raised; her face is turned toward you.    His hands are open, his palms are open and turned toward you, and his torso is exposed rather than protected by his hands or arms.    They can be open or crossed, and her feet can be pointed toward you or away from you. 

Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

… An opening sentence must be catchy, a grabber — powerful. Here are some examples to consider: You could open with a rhetorical question and conclude by returning to that question. For example, if you open with What would you do if you knew you only had three months to live? ,

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Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence

Executive Speech Coach

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence Open and Close with Silence Your presentation starts before you open your mouth. Speaking too soon diminishes your opening presence and power. Do this for eight seconds and the audience will stop their fidgeting and be totally focused on you and anticipating your opening words.You will need to fight the urge to speak. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Three ways you should never start your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Mehrabian Openings and Closings Pet Peeves Quick Fixes Research Not only should you never START your presentation with any of these statements, you should never END with them or include them ANYWHERE in your presentation. Ready? People fear public speaking more than they fear death.

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