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 clichés
- 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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