The introduction to your presentation really does matter. Typically you have some 90 seconds to make an impact with your audience. So you have the chance to make the right impact, here are some top tips for your presentation introduction.
Here we’ve detailed five objectives for you when you plan the introduction to your next presentation.
Grace period. As you introduce your presentation you have a grace period when all your audience is with you. Therefore, make the most of it. Make sure that you work hard to say the right things at the beginning.
Things in common. You’ve done your audience research. So use your presentation introduction to map out some of the common things that bind your audience together. Also, note how you can, in turn, bind them to you and your subject. Do this from the start.
Tone. Your presentation introduction will set the tone for all that follows. If you want a serious presentation, then aim to introduce your presentation with gravitas and seriousness. So make sure that you are taken seriously.
Qualities. You can use your introduction to highlight your qualities to speak today. You don’t want to be egotistical, however. Then again, an even better plan will involve a third party introducing you. Because you can then focus on the first part of your presentation.
Build interest. Do you aim to present for some 20 minutes or longer? If you do, then your presentation introduction has to map out some questions, peculiarities, phenomena or stories that will sustain your audience for the time span. This therefore should keep their interest. A Hilary Mantel speech introduction of five minutes still managed to build interest for the rest of her talk.
The introduction to your presentation really does matter so here are some pointers to help you with your presentation introduction.
“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
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