How To Begin A Speech

The first sentences of a speech can make or break your plea. A good start can significantly increase the attention and comprehension of your audience throughout the whole speech. This post explains how to start a speech persuasively in just three steps: by waking up your public, by creating benevolence and by providing understanding.

A. Wake them up

When starting a speech, you’ll need to arouse the public. Here are some succesful techniques for drawing the attention.

  • Anecdote: arouse the audience with a short, relevant, maybe personal story.
  • Statement: begin with a provocative statement like ‘this product changed my life’.
  • Joke: start with a funny perspective on the topic. Be really funny or don’t try.
  • Question: formulate a relevant statement as a question and an answer.
  • Actuality: show the relevance of the topic by describing a recent related event.

B. Make friends

The audience must have a feeling of trust to push themselves to listen seriously. You can create this feeling of benevolence in one of the following ways.

  • Introduce yourself: inform the audience on what makes you an expert.
  • Praise the public: receiving a compliment makes the audience will like you.
  • Show you have something in common: this creates a bond and thus interest.

C. Create understanding

Finally, the public must be prepared for all the information they’re about to receive. You can prepare the audience in three different ways.

  • Main points: summarize your story in – preferably three – main points.
  • Core topic: tell what the core topic of your speech is going to be.
  • Story: show the historical events that make your topic relevant to discuss.

So, that it. You can start a speech well by waking up your public, by creating benevolence and by providing understanding. Good luck with your next speech!

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