How to Write an Introduction to a Speech

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The key to writing an introduction to a speech is to immediately state the speech's main point and theme. Deliver these points succinctly with the informative tips provided by an accomplished writer in this free video on how to write an introduction speech.

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Hello, my name is Eric Shapiro. I'm with a writing and editing company in Southern California called Ghostwriters Central. We fulfill the writing and editorial needs of clients all over the world. One of our favorite services that we offer is speech writing and today we're going to talk briefly about how to write an introduction for a speech. Now, the key about writing an introduction to a speech is you're going to state, even though you are doing the introduction at the beginning, you're going to state right at the top what the speech's main point and theme is, and accordingly you're going to deliver on that point and theme. So, it's almost like in a movie when you are watching, say, a thriller, and a gun appears early in the movie, and then obviously all people that are familiar with drama know, okay there's a gun in the story. Obviously, at some point it has to go off, and of course, that's sort of a melodramatic example, but the same applies to writing an introduction for a speech. You have to plant the seed, the core idea where you're going. If it's an inspirational speech, you get up there and say you're going to inspire them. If it's an informational speech you get up there and tell them what they're going to learn. State it, concrete, clear, don't spend a lot of time circling around to your point. State it at the top. Come out of the gate strong so everybody is hooked, they know where you are going and ironically it may seem as though if the audience knows where you are going it might be predictable but the opposite is true. If they know where you are going, they'll feel oriented. They'll feel centered and situated. So, you really in that introduction need to make it clear where that path is taking them and it will be all that much easier to put them on that path. So again, my need is Eric Shapiro. I'm a partner in a ghostwriting firm called Ghostwriters Central in Southern California. We fulfill the writing and editing needs of a variety of clients all over the world, and today we've discussed how to write an introduction for a speech.

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