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How to Start a Speech: 3 Key Points from a Seasoned Speech Coach
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#1 Why “Good Morning” is a Big No No
First, when it comes to starting a speech effectively, you want to make sure that you drop or release the idea that you want to say to the audience “Good morning!”, “Good afternoon” or “Good evening. How are you all doing?”
Please do not do that when you start a speech.
No matter how many times you’ve seen other people start their speech that way, you don’t want to do it because it won’t have the speech impact that you desire.
Grab Their Attention from the Beginning
The reason is that when you start a speech, you want to grab their attention from the moment you open your mouth. Saying things like “How yawl doing?” or “Good morning!”, doesn’t grab your audience’s attention.
Let Me Share With You What You Need to Do Instead
You might be saying, well AmondaRose everybody starts with good morning or good afternoon, and I don’t know how to start a speech. The good news is I am going to help you change that and do what works rather than what doesn’t work.
Here is one strategy that you can use in starting your next speech. And it’s fairly easy to use as long as you follow the steps that I’m going to give you.
#2 Start with a Quote or Statistic
Begin your presentation with a short quote or statistic and position it this way.
Example: Statistic – “Public Speaking Fear is No 1 Fear that People Have”
For example, let’s use this statistic “Public speaking fear is the number one fear that people have.” Once again, it is “Public speaking is the number one fear that people have.”
If I was starting a speech with that statistic, I would say “Listen carefully. Public speaking is the number one fear that people have. Let me repeat that. Public speaking is the number one fear that people have.”
I positioned the quote or statistic with “Listen carefully” and say it again with “Let me repeat that.”
Doing it this way gives you an opportunity to repeat the statement and bring the point home.
Plus, if people weren’t listening the first time, you now have a second opportunity to get their attention.
#3 Short Concise Questions
Another strategy for how to start a speech is you can open with short and concise questions. Remember, I said short and concise. You have to remember that because long questions lose your audience.
Example: Opening Question – “Do You Want to Utilize Speaking to Create More Leads and Sales?”
Here is an example of a short and concise opening question that you can use as the start of your speech.
I might say “Do you want to utilize speaking to create more leads and sales?”
What if I said, “Do you want to utilize speaking to create more leads and sales, grow your business, take you to seven figures?
What would happen if I did that?
I would lose the audience. That is why your opening questions need to be short and concise such as “Do you want to know how to utilize public speaking to create more leads and sales? Or even simpler “Do you want to create more leads and sales?” Simple and to the point.
That is another great way to start a speech effectively and do it with power and confidence.
Remember the words that you say at the beginning of your talk sets a tone for the entire presentation. Now you know how to start a speech, create a presentation opening and do it effectively.