Coming up I have some cool interviews with successful public speakers, much like the one I did with José. I shot many of these at live events I’ve attends. So, before I start sharing those interviews, I’d like to share with you three reasons why you should be attending live […]
Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed something interesting. A lot of people get confused about the difference between an introduction and an opening. They couldn’t be more different, but people mix up the words. So let me set you straight.
An introduction is what the host does before the speaker gets up on stage. It is how the speaker is introduced to the audience. The speaker never gives their own introduction, however he or she may have written it and provided it to the host.
An opening is the beginning of a speech or presentation. This is how the speaker introduces the audience to the topic. It is the lede, the hook, the attention-getter.
As you can see, different people present these two parts of an overall presentation. The easiest way to tell these apart is to understand that an introduction is NOT part of the speech. It exists outside of the presentation itself. An opening IS part of the speech. You can’t have an effective presentation without one.
Now, you may be asking, this seems pretty clear, how do you know that people are confused? Two instances in particular come to mind:
One way to communicate your message is through body language and gesture while you speak. In this excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking, I share some tips on how to do just that. To review: Keep your hands out of your pockets Use interesting, non-traditional […]
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach a group of young adults about public speaking. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing excerpts from the 45-minute presentation with you. Today, I’ll start with my story. How did I get bitten by the public speaking bug? […]