The first 30 seconds of a presentation will determine the success of your entire presentation. All it takes is 30 seconds for your audience to determine whether or not you have grabbed their attention and whether or not they will be interested in what it is that you have to say. That being said, if you want to make a speech that will knock the socks off of your audience and grab their attention, than you are going to want to start your presentation off with a bang.
Imagine, if you will, that you are a parent and you are sitting down for a presentation about childhood literacy. This is a topic that should be important to you, but if the presenter begins with a dull and drab start, chances are you aren’t going to be very interested in what he or she has to say. Now, imagine if the presenter starts off with a statistic, quote or a personal experience that is related to childhood literacy? Your attention will probably be sparked – no? The same holds true when you are making a presentation, and that presentation can be on any topic.
Scratching your head about how to start off your presentation with a bang? Consider using these tactics to grab your audiences’ attention and make your presentation a huge success.
Start out with a story. If you have personal experience with the topic you are presenting on, consider starting your presentation off with a story. For example, if you are presenting about ways to overcome the fear of public speaking, share a story about a time when you were afraid of speaking in public. Your audience will automatically relate to a story, which will automatically grab their attention.
Quotes. People love to hear the words of an expert. Starting a speech off with a famous quote imparts wisdom about the topic onto your audience and instantly sparks their attention. An important point here, however, is to make sure that the quote relates to your topic. If it doesn’t relate to your topic, it kind of defeats the purpose.
Question. Something as simple as a question can be a great way to start a speech. Simply ask how everyone is doing, or if everyone had a nice weekend, etc. This will automatically get your your audiences’ brains to start moving.
A joke. Everyone loves a good joke, so it is fitting that a joke is a good way to start off a speech and spark attention. A joke can lighten the mood and help you relax, which can set the tone for a successful presentation.