First impressions can make you or break you. An introduction speech is your opportunity to grasp the attention of your audience and entice them to want more. You know yourself better than anyone so take this opportunity to highlight your skills, brag about the accomplishments you have achieved and persuade the audience to continue listening. The following steps outline how to write an introduction speech about yourself.
Develop a teaser. Tailor a catchy phrase or story which pertains to your audience to encourage them to continue wanting to hear what else you have to say. If speaking in front of a group, visually span the group making a point to engage in eye contact. Use hand gestures and infliction in your voice to regain attention. An adult attention span is about twelve minutes. Keep your entire speech under ten minutes.
This is your opportunity to brag about your accomplishments. Share your education and qualifications with the group you are presenting too. You are giving your audience the information they need to acknowledge you as a credible source. Keep this short and to the point. Dry information will lose attention. Walk around to maintain focus. One tool to use to sum up this section is to make a comment such as, "Now that is out of the way. Let's get down to it."
Give the audience an outline of the topic to be discussed. This will assist your audience in understanding your speech. This will allow you to center on the focus of the engagement. Use examples where applicable to relate the topics to real life and to maintain attention. Make time for questions. If you don't have the answer feel free to open the question to the group for response. Be conscious not to use 'um' or 'and' rather use moments of quiet to allow the audience to digest the information and to regain attention.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't fidget.
- Look the audience in the eyes.
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