These 3 tips will help you create a compelling speaker introduction that gets the audience excited to hear what you are going to say BEFORE you start talking!
1. Keep it short - less than 30 seconds. Highlight points that the audience needs to know about you that will help them relate to what you are talking about and the stories you are sharing. This is NOT a bio listing all your accomplishments and credentials. Your audience wants to know what's in it for them! You want them thinking, "I'm so glad I'm here today!"
2. Email a copy of your introduction to either the event planner or the person who will be introducing you. Use at least size 14 font so those who don't want to put on their glasses (or misplace their glasses) can still read it!
3. Take 2 copies with you to your speaking gig. If the person introducing you doesn't have the copy you emailed, you just made their job a whole lot easier! If the person decides to ad lib, then you have a copy that you can refer to at the beginning of your speaker presentation.
Most speakers use stories throughout their talks. The audience may need to have some point of reference from your background so that the stories and examples are relevant and make sense. Taking control of your speaker introduction allows you to flow into your topic and connect with your audience from the very beginning.
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