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Lecture NotesCrafting Your IntroductionIn the public speaking writing process, writing speech introductions follows the outline creation.For speech writing, the introduction of a speech is one of the most essential parts. It can make orbreak the rest of the speech. This is the attention-grabber where you’ll get all eyes of theaudience focused on what you are saying.But wait, how can they focus on your words? Quite simply, your words have to paint a picture.Your words have to arouse the interest of the audience. Your words have to make your publicspeaking become more than just words.The introduction is the most critical part of the speech. A strong introduction sets the tone for therest of the speech. It creates a favorable first impression with the audience. The audience is thereto hear what you have to say and whether your speech has information that is important to them.The introduction, then, should do the following.1.Gain attention and interest of the audience.a.Startle the audience with a blunt statement, a quotation or brief story, but theseshould be related to the speech.b.Relate the topic to the audience up front and you build the connection.c.State the importance of the topic.d.Arouse the curiosity of the audience with your first statement.e.Ask a question.f.Involve the audience in an exercise.g.Establish credibility and goodwill.h.Be well-prepared.i.Dress appropriately and appear poised and confident.j.Speak clearly and immediately establish eye contact.k.Speak of your qualifications as it relates to the topic.2.Preview the speech.a.Tell the audience what to expect from the rest of the speech.b.Call attention to important points in the speech.
c.Provide a smooth transition to the rest of the speech.Things to consider in the Introduction are as follows.1.Appropriate to the theme- The introduction also needs to be focused on the theme,central idea or thesis.2.TheRight Length- The proper length is somewhat subjective. Generally speaking, a four-to six-minute introduction is appropriate for a 60-minute talk. A 15-minute talk may onlyhave a two-minute introduction. A five-minute talk may only have a one-minuteintroduction. These are not rules. Consider them suggested guidelines.3.Introductionto be linked with the Conclusion- To create a coherent speech, theintroduction needs to be linked throughout the talk. It also especially needs to be tied intothe conclusion. This will give the entire talk coherence. The introduction is the means tocapture the attention of the audience and hold it captive until the conclusion of the talk.

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