vital that the first moments of your presentation grab your
audiences attention. Not only does a great introduction
provide an overview of what will be discussed, but it should
also convince the audience that your presentation will be
relevant. So how can you prepare an introduction thats
exciting and intriguing? Read on!
1. Ask a Question
Ask either a rhetorical question or one that seeks a response from
the audience. If you want the audience to respond, make it easy for them to
do so. Ask a question that can be answered with a yes or no, or call for a show
of hands. For example, "How many of you are tired of unproductive and inefficient
2. State a Fact
Begin with a fact or statistic that supports the topic of your
presentation. For example, if your topic is the importance of meeting efficiency
you could use a statistic such as, "Most professionals attend a total of
61.8 meetings per month and research indicates that over 50 percent
of this meeting time is wasted."
3. Tell a Joke
However, be sure that the joke is appropriate! If you have any
doubts, select another joke or a different method. Also be sure that the joke
is relevant to your topic and the speaking situation.
4. Tell a Relevant Story
Everyone loves a well-told story, especially a personal story
that relates an experience you had with some aspect of the topic being discussed.
People are drawn to hearing about the experiences of others, and stories provide
an opportunity for the audience to get to know you.
5. Use a Quotation
With the help of the Internet, its easy to find a quote
for just about any topic.
6. Make an Emphatic Statement
A powerful statement captures the attention of your audience
and sets a dynamic tone for your presentation. For example, "Its
time to take control of your unproductive meetings. Refuse to let them eat away
at your bottom line any longer!"
No matter which type of introduction you select, make it enthusiastic! If youre
interested in what youre saying, the audience will have a reason to be.
And remember to practice your introduction several times before presentation
day because, as they say, you wont get a second chance to make a great