On 1 June 2016, I announced the launch of a new digital magazine for public speaking professionals: Presentation Guru. I am proud to be one of the co-founders of the site. This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community.
When they have a speaking engagement, speakers naturally focus on what they are going to say and the audience that will hear the message. This is as it should be. But in the real world of speaking, there are also many logistical things to remember. (If you have not yet downloaded it, here is a free one-page checklist to help you make sure you remember all the little things for your next presentation.)
One thing that speakers tend to overlook is the way in which they will be introduced to the audience. This is a mistake, because the person who introduces you sets the tone for your talk. A great introduction piques the audience’s attention and raises the level of energy in the room. A bad introduction can have the opposite effect. Why waste the opportunity?
In this Presentation Guru post, my friend and fellow speaker, Jack Vincent, shares six simple, but important steps to getting the best introduction possible. Follow these steps the next time you have a speaking engagement and you will be off to a strong start.