How to Begin a Public Speech

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Get tips for starting a public speech in this free video lesson from a professional public speaker.

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We are here to learn about public speaking. In this episode, we are learning how to begin your speech with a bang. I will share three different essential elements for doing so.

#1 When you get on stage, smile for three seconds and shut up. Yup this shows poise, patience and the mark of a polished speaker plus it engages the audience right away.

#2 Hit the ground, running with a story, a quote, a number or a date. Trust me. It is a heck of a lot better to start a speech with something like 147 days ago versus good morning everybody.

#3 Within the first two minutes of your speech, you better make sure everybody is thinking “Oh! man, this is going to be a good speech!” This is what Hollywood calls the flavor scene. Now I want you to think about, Armageddon, you know with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton. First two minutes of the speech, they are at the NASA headquarters and he says, “Oh my God! The world is going to end in 36 hours, I know one man that can save us.” That is a flavor scene; it makes us think this is going to be good. Using these three keys you will be certain to begin your speech with a bang.

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