Lesson 10º









The introduction is a fundamental part of the speech.

When the speaker starts his speech he/she is "risking" gaining or not gaining the public's attention.

If the introduction is interesting, atractive, new, suggestive and if the speaker seems prepared, pleasant, enthusiastic and entertaining, then it is possible that the speaker will gain the public's attention, and once he/she has their attention it is easier to keep it during the whole speech.

If, however, the speaker is not successful in "interesting" the public during the introduction, it is going to be increasingly difficult to succeed as the speech goes on (if the public has not paid any attention at the beginning, it is difficult for them to get the line of the argument, although they might try).

If the introduction sounds boring, the voice is monotonous, you can't hear it very well, it is not clear what the speaker is going to talk about, the speaker's image is indifferent, etc. it is easy for the public's mind to go off in different directions.

There are thousands of things the public can amuse themselves on (this speaker looks like my neighbour, look at how bad his suit looks on him, what a strange tie, listen to how he stutters, oh my how hot is it in here, is he really sneezing, etc etc).

The presentaiton has to be brief, what you are doing is simply introducing the topic. There will be plenty of time later on to develop the topic.

You need to make the subject that you are going to talk about and your opinion on the matter very clear in the introduction.

If the speech is going to be long, you should let the audience know the different points you are going to talk about during the speech.

You need to learn the introdution off be heart.

You need to be able to speak without looking at support notes (although you can have them with you) as you need to look spontaneious.

Besides, it is at the beginning when the nerves are most likely to appear, however being well prepared helps control them!

The introduction should start with enthusiasm, with energy. This marks the line that the rest of the speech should follow.

Finally, the introduction should start with a greeting to all of those present, thanking them for their presence; also thanking the event organizers for inviting you.

If someone intervenes before, dedicate them a few words of acknowledgement (although they are really small).