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. The post How to Open a Speech or Presentation appeared first on Princeton Public Speaking. The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets.

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.


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Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open Speech

Manner of Speaking

Naomi Osaka of Japan won the 2019 Australian Open in dramatic fashion. Even … Continue reading → The post Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open Speech appeared first on Manner of Speaking. She beat the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4 to become the first woman since 2001 to follow her debut Grand Slam win with another one. Analysis of a Speech Motivation fear of public speaking Naomi Osaka public speaking

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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. The post How to Open a Speech or Presentation appeared first on Princeton Public Speaking. The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is _ _, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”

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. I’ve written about ways to start a presentation in “ How to start a presentation ” and “ A good introduction/opener.” Please leave a comment with an example of one of these types of openers that you have used or might use in the future.

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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 don’t leave it to the last minute to design such questions as you’ll probably under-utilise the opportunity that opening with a question offers. You’ve involved your audience, made them think and introduced your topic, all within seconds of opening your mouth.

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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. But I've trained myself to put out my hand and introduce myself to people even if I feel inside like I want to run away.

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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. That’s why the opening appeared to some commentators to be “quirky and odd”. What a show!

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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. Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature.

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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. When you’re done, you’ll have a great opener to your presentation! A good introduction to the delivery of your presentation is extremely important.

UPS - Why Wasn't It Open This AM?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On its website, the UPS branch on Executive Parkway, Toledo, Ohio gushes: We Are Open. That is, open. But that UPS center wasn't this morning. Not when it was supposed to at 9 A.M. Not around 9:25 A.M. when the many of us waiting on the sidewalk in the hot sun decided to give up.

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What is an Open Door Policy and Why Your Company May Need One


To a large extent, an open door policy enables such a setup. What is an Open Door Policy? Open Door Policy Purpose in Business. The Open Door Policy Benefits. Do Startups Need an Open Door Policy? How to Create an Effective Open Door Policy at Your Company.

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. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” – Will Rogers.

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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. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings Entertainers Academy Awards

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. Now with that behind us, here is your challenge for November: Pump up your opening and closing. Level 1: Just have an opening and closing. Open with a question. 12for12 Openings and Closing

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. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Awards shows Openings and Closings Entertainers

Open and Shut

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Featured Photography

After a Very Very Bad Week - Opening to Mysticism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Tarot functions to open us to our Higher Self. It was only Thursday. The job numbers hadn't even come out yet. I was unware that what had been a safe haven from COVID-19 - Lucas County, Ohio - was experiencing an ongoing rise of cases.    But I was already done.

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Open your presentation with Pizzazz

Executive Speech Coach

Open Your Presentation With Pizzazz Howto win the audience at the beginning of your presentation Why is the opening so important? The opening to your presentation is critical to your success. You shouldn’t be surprised that poor speakers have poor openings. When you speak, you can recover from many mistakes during your presentations – but a weak opening isn’t one of them. How can you write a powerful opening faster?

Create a NICE opening and a RICH close, so…

Kate's Voice

intention Speaking vocal delivery delivery Nancy Duarte opening and closing public speaking tips vocal impactTwo of the most important components of great communication are how you start and how you finish. This is as true for a phone conversation or a WebEx as it is for public speaking. In the first few minutes, your audience or conversation partners are making judgments about how and who you are and they [.].

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 systems born of counter-culture (redux)

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In response to an interview with Silicon Valley VC Peter Thiel in the Weekend FT on Dec 20, 2013 my letter defending hippie values was published a week later: Of the many sweeping statements made by libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel during his “Lunch with the FT” interview (“People are not trying hard enough”, Life & [.]. Culture Shock! Deep End hackers stewart brand

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Email Blasts - Be Topical to Boost Open/Conversion Rate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That usually means low open/conversion rates.  Here is an email which piggybacked on this, boosting the open rate 17% and the conversion rate 9% Download TopicalHeaderforEmailOutreachTimingIsEverything. Not only are we not opening them. Smart communicators know to be topical in creating opinion-editorials for third-party media, posts for blogs, speeches, podcasts, and snippets for social networks. 

Princeton University - Speechwriting Opening

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The position serves the president of the University. Here are details and how to apply. careers

Strong openings: shocking statistics

Speak Schmeak

When we talk about strong openings for a presentation, we are usually referring to the following methods to get the audience emotionally or physically involved with your presentation right from the beginning: 1. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

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Open your presentation with a startling fact.

Executive Speech Coach

Notice the precise choice of words in his opening. presentation opening video. They grab attention and set the context of his presentation. Nicely done. Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok TED talk

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. Here is an example of a bad opening The speaker said: Good morning, good afternoon or whatever. Nothing he said in his opening did that. From that opening one might surmise that this speaker would be a pompous braggart and an inconsiderate boring speaker.

Toledo Museum of Art Opening June 23rd (slowly)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's good news that the free-to-visit Toledo Museum of Art is reopening to the public on June 23rd.    But, those intending to experience again this regional treasure will need a reservation. Like other public spaces, there are limits on how many can be in the building at one time. So, contact or 410-255-8000 for a no-cost pass. However, for those who aren't members of the Museum, there is, as standard, a fee to park. The bicycle rack is free. 

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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.

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Co-Working Space opens up in Sioux Falls

Dahle Communication

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is still a fairly small town. The population is about 156,000 with the surrounding metro area of about 235,000. While this is easily the largest city in South Dakota (with a population of around 800,000) it is still small compared to a lot of other cities. There are clearly advantages to Sioux Falls still being a small town. The drive to work is usually quite short, there is not a lot of traffic, crime is very low and our educational system is top notch.

2011 147

Is it Your Open or Close Sabotaging Sales Success?

SpeakerSue Says...

As my friend and UK wedding consultant, Kelly Mortimer says, the secret to conversion is in the open, not the close. Give yourself a fighting chance by focusing on your opening strategy and the close will pretty much take care of itself. You’ve swiped right to let them know you’re interested. Now what will you write that is authentic yet clever, friendly but not desperate sounding, and likely to motivate a positive response?

2020 42

Stand-up Comedy Open Mic Contest

Humor Power

Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic Contest. Humor In Speaking Open Mic Contest standup comedyThe Second-Annual. Sponsored by PowerHouse Pros. Don’t miss this fun night of laughter. Monday, November 30, at 6:15 pm. Special Persentation: What Agents are Lookng for in a Comedian. The location is 920 Pilot Road in Las Vegas. Join us for an evening of fun. If you miss it…we will have the last laugh!

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Year of COVID-19: April 16, 2020 (Ohio Sets Open-Up Date)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today he became an early adopter in setting an Open-Up date.   Well, in this uncertain world, no one can predict how the Open-Up will play out in terms of COVID-19 cases. Ohio governor Mike DeWine had been an early adopter in establishing the Stay-at-Home shut-down.

2020 56

Public Relations Strategy of Open Letters - Vanina Guerreco's Gamble

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As the world knows, Guerreo had sent an open letter to her law firm DLA Piper requesting to be released from mandatory arbitration. The strategy of the open letter in a legal dispute is controversial but leveraged by respected law firms such as Sanford Heisler Sharp.    Now, reports , there has been a second open letter.   Of course, the two open letters involve risk to Guerreco's career.

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How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 9 Tricks To Test


The problem with such opening performance? The Classic Trick: Open with An Introduction. Open with a Hook. Open with a provocative statement. ” That’s how Jane McGonigal opens one of her TED talks. Here are a few opening statement examples you can use along with your slide: Shock them: “We are effectively wasting over $1.2 The post How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 9 Tricks To Test appeared first on SlideModel.

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That "Open Letter" - Communications Power Tool (both internally and externally)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At DLA Piper, junior partner Vanina Guerrero's open letter achieved its objective: She wanted the right attention for her request to be released from mandatory arbitration to deal with a complaint against one of the law firm's leaders.    An article in analyzes that open-letter strategy. Of course, the open letter involves risk.

2019 40

Editorial Types - Time Magazine New Management Has 23 Job Openings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are about 30 openings, and 23 of them are for editorial types.  Here is the email address to  how to reach the powers that be about these openings  So many media outlets, both with a print legacy and digital natives, are cutting editorial.    Therefore, it's a nice holiday gift that the new management at Time , recently purchased by Marc/Lynn Benioff, is hiring.

2018 43

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 [.]. Authenticity Communication Fear of Public Speaking public speaking Speaking from the Heart Transparency Uncategorized Connection Wedding Speeches

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Tammy Baldwin Election Results: Democrat Becomes First Openly Gay Senator

TJ Walker Interactive

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"Opens Up" - That headline about Kelly Ripa

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is no such entity as "opening up." So, it's a joke when headlines such as in USA Today read that television star, Kelly Ripa, "opens up." Only a fool actually opens up in the media era. This is the media era. Even the shut-ins who watch television or is on the Internet all day know that the media are to be managed. " The text is scripted, at least in their heads. The facial expression is configured to send the right message.

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Lawyers as Character Actors - The Norm Pattis Show Opens in Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On May 24th, 2019, Jennifer Dulos went missing on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. Today, the arrests for murder or conspiracy for murder have finally been made. Those include estranged husband Fotis Dulos. He is accused with capital murder, murder, and kidnapping.

2020 60

Great Openings. Use a Pertinent Activity

Pivotal Public Speaking

Using a pertinent activity as an opening gets the audience’s attention because it makes them active. public speaking speech structure speech writing speeches openingsIt gives them the opportunity to move physically which makes them more alert and comfortable. It lets them learn and participate with one another. Finally, it put you in charge. That’s right, when you cede temporary authority to your audience you get larger in their minds. => [link].

Thought Leadership - Transforming "Over" Into "Opening"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In short, job number-one for thought leaders, dealing with values (such as David Brooks with his "Road to Character") , is to transform "over" into "open." In 2013, I interviewed a former classmate from Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kathleen Huebner. So many readers of my three syndicated blogs were struggling with loss. Huebner explained how she was coping with the black emotional hole created by the death of her mother.

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