Opening lines..It’s not what you say…

Your first impression is more than just your speech

This blog is not about what we say in the opening line of our speech or presentation.

It’s about how we say it.

Thousands of blog posts have been written on the strength of a well-written opening line. But even the best works of Shakespeare will fall flat to our audience if we don’t deliver them properly.

And so, let this post be our warning, that simply writing that killer line is not enough.

We need it perfectly executed too.

Arms closed, no intonation, no smile, no warmth means we will lose our audience before we’ve even begun. The next time they’ll feel positively towards us will likely be when we let them go at the conclusion of our speech.

So, next time we write the perfect opening line, let us not write the second until we’ve made notes on exactly how that line should be delivered, lest we lose our audience at ‘Hello’!

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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