The first and last 30 seconds of your speech have the most impact, so give your opening and closing words careful consideration. If you open your presentation with an obvious and dull greeting, such as, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here today,” you waste your precious first seconds. In this brief video sample from FrippVT, I share several examples of effective opening phrases. You are welcome to borrow or adapt any of these for your own presentations!
These opening phrases can also be useful in developing a presentation. Simply begin with one and let your words wander, without any editing or self-censorship. Record or jot down your thoughts; then use these thoughts as your starting point as you structure and develop your presentation.
“The First 30 Seconds,” “Use A Quote to Open Your Talk,” and “Open And Close Your Presentations with Power” are just a few of the complimentary resources on Fripp.com to further help you develop a powerful and persuasive opening for your presentation.
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Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive edge.
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You’re always amazing, and generous too – cos your words are like golden nuggets. I’ve got a presentation next week, raising funds for RAF Benevolent Fund … ‘Spirit of the Stalags – the untold story’ … and of course your darling Uncle will be up there with the rest of them, making sure I’m getting it right. His 100th birthday approaching – he should still be with us, but for me he’s always here, in my thoughts and through his enduring spirit. And, of course, “I’ll never forget the first time …”. What a privilege for me to have known him. Love, Pat x
I used some of your slides in my presentation about Uncle Bill! Thanks…Fripp