When you’re giving a presentation to a large crowd, you want to capture the audience’s attention with your very first words. If you need some help coming up with a strong opening line, here are some ideas to (literally) get you started.
- Use a quote. When searching for the perfect bon mot, you want to find something that will set the tone for your presentation. The person who originally said the line should be both well-known and well-respected. But it doesn’t have to be a world leader or a brilliant philosopher; there’s nothing wrong with quoting a popular song, movie or TV show.
- Imagine this. Capture your audience’s imagination by asking them to envision a hypothetical scenario. If you’re stuck coming up with an idea, try starting with: “Imagine a world without…” Of course, however you end that phrase should relate to the rest of your speech.
- Ask a question. Skip the rhetorical questions, and ask something your audience can actually respond to. That way, they’ll be engaged twice: once when they answer, and again as they see how the rest of the room has replied.
- Offer a statistic. Nearly 97% of public speakers have started a presentation with a statistic. Okay, we made that up, but if you can find an impressive fact that backs up your point, use it.
- A relatable anecdote. You’re the one who’s on stage, but you’re just like everyone else. And if you can effectively tie a personal tale to the rest of your speech, you’re teeing up why your topic is relevant to others.
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