You must not embarrass the speaker with over-florid predictions of the treat
that awaits the audience. Nor should you exaggerate your speaker’s
qualifications.
You must avoid giving your speaker false starts. E.g. “…and so I take great
pleasure in introducing Paul Prolichs” [Mr. Prolichs rises] “a man who is
supremely qualified” [Mr. Prolichs drops back into his chair.]

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I introduced my long-time friend, Nacole Schapiro before her speech to the Golden Gate Breakfast Club. Although she is a professional keynote speaker who often presents on negotiation and change, I knew our group would love to hear her personal story about growing up under communism. Her family lived in fear that they would be shot if […]

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