What is the BEST Way to Start a Speech⁉️?
Great post by the legendary Bobby Umar
Every good speaker has their style ??
We also want & need to be unique for our audience
One of the hardest things for any speaker journey is to figure out how to start & how to end a good speech
Over the years I’ve learned many different tactics that work
Imagine you’re on stage or in front of an audience..
What do you do to get their attention, to get them to invest in you?
There are many options:
❇️ QUESTIONS: Start with a compelling question (often seen in TED Talks) ?
❇️ GRATITUDE: Focus on thanking, being grateful & share why ?
❇️ MUSIC/IMAGE/VIDEO: Something to grab their attention ?
❇️ STORY: An opening story is often the best way ?
I’d love to hear your thoughts so COMMENT below ???
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Great comments from interesting people:-
Never start with a video or something similar. It distracts.
Start with a story
Show your passion and have energy
Ask a question – engage the audience
Fast forward to the climax of the story /\ then start at the beginning so they understand how we got to the climax.
Get to know your audience – engage them
A video with an energising song
Verb it. Shock, Surprise, Challenge (keep a few chocolate bars as reward), Question then walk around the audience with a mike, Humour (make sure it’s related to the topic or something current), Play a video, Make them Sketch you, Start talking from a space that they can’t see you and walk up to the stage/podium while talking, and if you like try this one – come on stage walk up and down without speaking a word without eye contact for 5 seconds, then very softly and humbly ask everyone to make a wish and pray for it. The last one has usually feedback as ‘that was so relaxing, that was a great start, guess what-my wish came true ……
Be authentic, vulnerable and relevant – use your body – project your energy
Speak slowly and clearly –
A story about childhood in a more insightful and most common way, where everyone in the audience relate to, can get audience’s interest in to your speech!
Smile: Just a warm hearted smile and be grateful saying that how thankful it is to see the respected audience there (even if only 2 are present)…
I often keep asking questions to the audience to keep them engaged during my training sessions…usually works well!!
Fared a Zaeimfar
Start strong and share a relevant story – to the point – people want to be engaged !
Understand what you want to achieve – share
I like to start with something “disrruptive/interruptive.”
Every attendee has a potentially different outcome. You must bring everyone in the audience to the same place . Once there, you have their full attention!
Start with some alarming statistic or fact. Gets ppl attention maybe?! ?
Start with a simple compelling story: “It was…<date, time, place>…”
End by circling back to the simple compelling story: “Like the story of the <story topic>, we are…”
Start and end in a same place with substantial and compelling content in between.
Posted on November 8, 2018