I have noticed over the years that I have been speaking and hosting various live events that speakers often treat their Introduction as an afterthought, when in fact it is a first impression!
And we all know, you don’t get a second chance at a first impression!
If you are speaking (or preparing to) your mission is to create a relationship with every member of that audience, and build rapport with them so your message, product or service can change their lives for the better.
Even if you are a corporate trainer, that is still your mission, yes?
So, why not set yourself, and the audience up for success from the get-go?
A good introduction will help to set the emotional state of the room so that you can most effectively be heard, and your information retained.
This is a very important part of your presentation. Here are 5 elements that will make your Introduction a great foundation for your success:
An effective intro is
- Easy to read aloud. Not copy from a website or linked in
- Too long loses people and seems questionable.
- Not a history or excessive list of your credentials. Your bio serves this purpose.
- Entertaining It’s okay to add some levity or warmth. Your intro has its own voice. don’t be stale (relates to number one)
- Sets up your opening. Lead directly into your opening story or question.
Do not worry that all of your hard work and history won’t be appreciated if you don’t mention it all in your intro. Make them want to look you up. Seriously. I’ve done it. I bet you have too; been impressed by a speaker and pulled out your smart phone to Google them. That is actually preferable in many ways than “firehosing” them with information before you even start!
Curious how your current intro holds up? Or want a “done for you” intro? Connect with me via phone by setting a time to chat here: www.Calendly.com/SandraDee No obligation or charge to talk! Let’s make sure you can knock it out of the park!