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A good speaker introducer shows restraint. That is, they don’t go overboard in talking about the speaker or the presentation. In this third (of five) excerpt from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to do that.

In review, your introduction of another speaker should follow these main tips:

  • Highlight the speaker
  • Don’t give spoilers
  • Be discreet
  • Don’t fawn over the speaker
  • Avoid clichĂ©s
  • Avoid false anticipation

Note: An introduction introduces a speaker and should not be confused with an opening, which is the beginning of a speech.

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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.