Last year, Carma Spence was invited to speak at the Western Museums Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, as part of a panel on public speaking. In this excerpt from her part of the presentation, she talks about organizing and opening your speech. Carma suggests you start with […]
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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:
You’ve come to the end of what you wanted to say in your presentation. How do you end the speech properly? In this excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking, I share some tips on how to develop and organize your speech. &nbps; The purpose of a speech’s […]
Once you’ve grabbed your audience’s interest, you have to provide them with the content of your speech in a logical way. In this excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking, I share some tips on how to develop and organize your speech. To review: Develop your […]
There are plenty of ways to organize your speech, but all of them are, in reality, modifications and enhancements of the basic organizational structure I discuss in this video. To review, I suggested two basic organizational frameworks: Open Body Close and Say what you’re going to say Say it Summarize […]
Last night on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Craig talked about public speaking … providing some off the wall tips and information about how to develop this skill. Some of them were actually pretty good, so I wanted to share them with you. Glossophobia is the fancy […]