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The first 30-60 seconds is crucial when you’re talking on stage. You have to do and be everything at once. You have to be believable, credible, enjoyable, relatable and more! People nowadays are said to have shorter attention span than ever because of technology so imagine having to keep up with that as a keynote speaker.
Still, it doesn’t mean that making an impact early in your talk is impossible. Get your audience hooked right away! Remember, the whole focus is on them and not on you or your credentials at this moment in your speech, so put yourself in their shoes.
Here are 5 different ways to have an attention-grabbing intro for your speech:
1. Share a brief story.
It could be related to your topic or it could be something that’s simply random and unusual or even absurd just to break the ice. It can be a sad story that you can turn into a success story at the end of your talk.
2. Include humor.
The time is ripe for selling at seminars EVERYWHERE.
Often I will speak to several thousand people on a 2-week tour. A certain percentage will buy at my event, and others will buy later. It would be foolish for me to try to sell those people one-on-one. If you can sell to 1000's in a week, why would you attempt the ancient, out-dated method of one-to-one selling?
Any seminar, workshop, speech, or panel is a great opportunity to:
How To Fill The Room: