It is always safer to draft your own introduction rather than leave it to chance that the host will introduce your presentation in an effective way. In this second of five excerpts from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to draft a speaker’s introduction … whether you are writing one for the speaker or are writing one for your introducer.
In review, here are some things to think about when drafting a speaker’s introduction:
- Think about the approach: How do you make the speaker feel welcomed and appreciated?
- Keep the length short: 45 seconds or less is best, but for longer presentation you can go up to two minutes.
- Practice giving the introduction: Polish your introduction so that it flows smoothly.
- Don’t hog-tie your speaker: Clarify with the presenter what you can include in the introduction and the goal the speaker has for the presentation.
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