Eight Ways to Begin a Speech

American Program Bureau is sharing Dr. Nick Morgan’s “Eight Ways to Begin a Speech” in this week’s featured blog post.

Dr. Nick Morgan thinks one of the most difficult moments of a speech are “those seemingly endless seconds of stage time” while you get to your spot, find your notes, look at the audience, and wait to begin. But then your speech begins, and how does it start? Dr. Morgan provides eight ways to start a speech off.

He suggests beginning with “the way things used to be,” starting with a strong emotion, thanking the audience for something they’ve done, cutting the extraneous and getting to the point, making a “big demand,” breaking down your speech into simple steps, mapping out a future, or asking the audience to imagine something different. While these suggestions may seem obvious or foreign, Dr. Morgan expands on each option in his blog post!

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