How to Write an Introduction

Need to know how to write an introduction for a guest speaker? Or perhaps, you’re the guest speaker and you need to write an introduction for yourself. What are the best techniques to go about this?

For myself, I am an awful public speaker. Simple as that. However, like most people, at some point of my life I will most likely have to give an introduction.

The best ways for me to mentally prepare over a speech is to consider three things:

Who is my audience?

This is an important question to ask when you’re about to write out any type of speech. The demographics of your audience should be a main priority because they dictate the language you use and the content you expound on in your speech.  An introduction will of course contain some of the same common personal information: name, age, job title etc. However, you also need to consider which facts about yourself are necessary for the audience to know. What will grab their attention? These are questions that cannot be answered without having a firm grasp on who your audience is.

Preparation.

This is the only way for me to stay calm over a speech. Do not wing it! Winging a/an speech/introduction shows a lack of preparation. For me personally, preparation also helps to ease my nerves. It helps you to sound less scripted and more natural. Which brings me to my next point…

Be natural.

There is no faster way to turn someone off to your speaking than by sounding scripted, monotonous and boring. Prepare what you are planning to speak on but remember who you are in the process. Engage with the audience and they’ll be sure to keep their attention on you.

Here are also a few tips from Jennifer Maugn on writing an introduction:

Tips And Techniques

  • Mention the speaker’s name in the intro several times because he is the main focus.
  • Write the introduction so you grab the audience’s attention and prepare them for the speaker.
  • Be clear about why the speaker was chosen and how his knowledge applies to the event.
  • Use active voice when writing an introduction-it brings energy and confidence to the words.
  • Remember that the introduction is like an appetizer and should never upstage the main course. An introduction to a speaker is designed to hold the audience’s attention until the speaker begins.
  • Include some kind of visual handoff as part of the introduction. Many introducers welcome the speaker with a handshake or embrace, or they pass over a handheld microphone after their words.

So just remember to recognize your audience, prepare and be natural. Writing an introduction and presenting it will be done with ease for even the most frightened public speaker like me!

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