Attention can be as slippery as a well-oiled weasel, but today we'll give you a few surefire ways to catch it during a presentation. Attention, that is, not a weasel.
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start sounding kind of like the Swedish Chef… [Swedish Chef hat lands on the guys head]
Her dee der der derr...
Yup, sometimes getting started can be the hardest part.
Luckily, there are teachers and coaches who offer classes, sessions, and even one-on-one [Someone searching for speaking coaches on the internet]
training.... all geared towards helping people communicate ideas clearly and effectively
to a crowd right away.
But that sounds pretty expensive and time consuming… [Advert for $100 per lesson]
But never fear!
We happen to have some handy tricks up our sleeves!
Ooooh….when will this colorful scarf end….oooooh…. …and we have some actual public speaking [Presentation Introductions book appears at the end of a long scarf pulled out of someones sleeve]
tips, too, so without further ado, the Shmoop guide to presentation introductions! [Spinning yellow star behind the guide]
There are three excellent ways to start a presentation, and each way will definitely
capture your audience's attention. [Book opens to show the 3 methods]
Method number one?
Asking a question!
And be sure your question has something to do with your topic…you can't just ask, "What's
the best place to get a burger," if your presentation is on global warming! [Burger and the Earth being put on a BBQ]
Other than that, it can be as open-ended or as specific as you like.
If your presentation was on the Harry Potter series, you could say something specific as,
“Who here knows who Harry Potter is?” or as open-ended as, “Who here has ever [Guy holds up a Harry Potter book]
dreamt of being a wizard?”
The whole point of a strong first sentence is to get your audience involved, engaged [Audience thinking about themselves in a wizard hat]
and thinking – right out of the gates.
Method number two?
A bold statement!
If you state your belief with a ton of conviction, other people will be more inclined to sit [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
up and take notice.
You could say something like, “Books these days are so boring,” or “The best books [Guy chucks a book away]
are the ones that involve magic,” or even “Everyone run, there's a giant, angry tiger [Bunny appears out of a magicians hat]
on the loose in the school gym!” [Guy waving his arms and looking scared]
On second thought, you probably shouldn't say that last one if you want to keep your [The audiences eyes pop out and they all run away]
audience in their chairs for the rest of your speech.
Anyway, the whole point of making a bold statement like that is to grab your audience's attention
and make them think "Why is the speaker saying this?”
That way, they'll have no choice but to keep listening! [Audience listening apart from the girl at the end who is shaking in fear]
Unless that tiger sits next to them…then they might be busy quietly freaking out… [Girl is staring at the tiger sat next to her]
And finally, method number three: the cold hard facts.
If you start with a fact or percentage, you'll really convince the audience that you've done
your research and know what you're going to be talking about.
Maybe you know the exact percentage of teens who have read the Harry Potter series in the [Girl reading a book on the couch]
last decade, or maybe you know the number of public libraries that have closed in the
past decade due to a shortage of Potter books... [Closed forever sign on a library]
People loves facts.
Seriously, a recent study showed that 82% of people love facts! [Audience with hearts in their eyes]
…Okay, we just made that up, don't quote us.
So there you have it – three ways to start your speech like a champ!
Oh, and no need to use them all at the same time.
Just choosing one would be grand!
Though it could be fun to try and combine all three...
“Did you know that we absolutely hate chocolate cake because it's the worst kind of cake, [Guy throws a plate of chocolate cake away]
even though 85% of you will disagree?!”
A question, a bold statement AND a statistic.
All in one.
Not bad. [Guy puts out to lunch sign on stage]
We deserve a break. [Tiger walks onto the stage]