Speechwriting: The Introduction Primer

How do you craft an introduction for a speech?

One method: Use the three phases of speaking:

Know Your Self
List all of your attributes that make you a unique and credible source of information.

Know Your Message
List your 3 key points.

Know Your Audience
How do you and your message relate to your audience?

Take these facts, line out anything that doesn’t fit – i.e. you are a Toastmaster and certified trainer providing CPR training

Start with a question about your topic – i.e. Have you ever wondered how to craft a really professional introduction?

Finish with “To tell us how…” or “To tell us about…”

“…please welcome Joe Expert”

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