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How to Give a Presentation Part 14 – Rationale for Writing Your Own Introduction

by | Jun 30, 2015

Your "introduction" frames your conversation

Your “introduction” frames your conversation

“How to give a presentation” Tip 14: Rationale for Writing Your Own Introduction

Your last two blogs in this series focuses on how and when to answer questions in your speech. Click on Tip 12 and 13 for this info.

Now let’s talk about why you want to write your own introduction.

You might be thinking, “I don’t give formal presentations.” But, you STILL want to think about how you want the baton handed to you before you speak at your investor meeting, Board of Directors Strategy Session, or your quarterly team workshop.

Here’s what happens without a morsel of planning:

“Here’s Karen Cortell Reisman. I don’t know much about her, but I think she knows something.”

“Today I’d like to talk a little about our organization. [introducer talks here for 7 tedious, boring and capricious minutes] Now, a bit about our speaker…”

“Karen Cortell Reisman won the three-legged race at Walnut Hill Elementary School in the 6th Grade. She went on to flunking Home Economics in high school…”

That’s why you want to write YOUR OWN INTRO!

Why leave these precious and credibility-building few moments to chance?

Think about a great piece of art. The picture is your presentation. The picture frame is your introduction. You want the frame to, well, frame you in the best possible light.

Stay tuned to our next blog in this series on how to write a great introduction and what to tell to the event planner to make this happen.

Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with organizations and executives on how to communicate to make more money. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog/


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