Are you familiar with Toastmasters? It is an international organization with local clubs in nearly every major city and many smaller cities. They exist for the purpose of helping people improve their public speaking and leadership skills.

Often individuals give 5-7 minute speeches. Many Toastmasters use what Daren Lacroix calls a very weak opening.

Speech Intro Tip #22: Consider not opening with Mr. (or Madam) Toastmaster, Fellow Toastmasters, and guests.

If you have visited a club, you’ll notice that it is very customary to say, “Mr. Toastmasters, fellow Toastmasters, and guests.” Consider listening to Daren Lacroix and following this advice. Instead, first grab attention and then 10-40 seconds into the presentation you can use this opening (which is good to use).

Think of this line as being like the credits and title scene on your favorite TV show. Do they show those first? No. First, they launched into an action scene to grab your attention, and then they roll the credits. Do the same with your speeches, and it will create a better experience for theĀ  audience.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Eveningā„¢

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