Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression.
You can either use your pitch to build credibility engagement and buy-in or blow the chance to share your story in a way that sells, no matter how compelling your messages if you don’t capture your audience’s attention in the first minute, you’ll miss the momentum you need to get them on board and to stay there.
That first minute is when you’re supposed to establish your command of the room and the topic, build rapport, and signal that you’re calm, so the audience can just relax. You’ve got this, but this rarely happens. Here are the presentation openers I hear over and over again.
Hello, thanks for being here. Hi, there. thanks for bearing with me today. Let me start by apologizing for no No, no.
A presentation opening is your promise to your listeners. These starters promise that this meeting is going to be boring at best and a mess at most. A great introduction promises the audience that This presentation will be engaging, innovative, educational, and if you’re lucky, maybe even inspiring.
To do that. You need to stop being so polite and start being more passionate from the moment you open your mouth.
While it’s tempting to put weeks into building a captivating deck, spend days making sure all the numbers add up and wake up at night worrying about whether you’ve incorporated all the latest changes from your team.
You are better off spending a few of those minutes making sure that your start is as strong, solid, and sizzling as the rest of your presentation.
Here are 10 speech openings to get you started.
when I showed up for my first day of work here I mistakenly thought that
5,10, 20 years ago, I never could have imagined that
The year was
I will never forget the first time that
What would you do if you’d been in my shoes? So here’s what happened.
I have a confession to make.
I was brought up to believe
Among my friends, I am famous for
I don’t like to admit it, but
Something you’d never guess about me is one of my favorite sayings is start as you mean to go on.
In other words, if you start powerfully, you’ll go on to make a powerful impact.