Hard to recall your second kiss, your third car, or your fourth trip.

But you DO remember your first … kiss, car, fill in the blank.

That’s because it happened first!

To give a compelling presentation – have a killer opening.

Do NOT begin with, “Good morning. My name is Karen Cortell Reisman and I’m pleased to be here.”

Why? It’s boring. It’s predictable. It’s an invitation to your listeners to continue tapping on their cellphones.

Killer opening ideas: Tell a story, ask a question, share a memorable quote, provide a stunning statistic or get the audience involved in an ice breaker activity.

Begin your presentation this way:

  1. Walk to the lectern with confidence, good posture, and a smile on your face.
  2. Stand at the lectern for 3 seconds without talking.
  3. Look at your listeners – varying your eye contact around the room.
  4. Start speaking without looking at your notes.
  5. Say something catchy like, “Do you remember your second kiss?”

What happens first gets remembered.

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© Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog.

Did you know that we also work 1:1 with decision makers on overcoming the fear of public speaking? Click here: https://www.karencortellreisman.com/seminar-what-i-didnt-say.html

 

 

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