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Monday, 03 April 2017 02:58

Discuss the importance of having an opening statement in a speech and why it is necessary to state your three main points?

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I’m going to take a contrarian perspective and disagree with your statement. There may be situations where you have to take that tact such as defending your thesis but for everyday speeches it would likely be perceived as being boring.

The times are changing and our audience’s listening preferences are also changing. We are living in the days of media sound bytes. Stories have been chopped down to basic elements. Each element has to serve a purpose to our audience.

I would suggest throwing out the opening statement idea, unless you actually are defending your thesis. You have to grab your audience’s attention. 10 to 15% of your speech should be devoted to your opening. You want to set up the rest of your speech. You want to let the audience know what you are talking about, why it should be important to them and why you are the best person to speak on the topic. You want to grab their attention. Wake em Up, shake em up! As Tom Antion, American Humourist and Speaker promotes.

If you want to put them to sleep, go for the old formula of tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them.

It might work if you are presenting a dry subject at some kind of a boring professional symposium, but then again, maybe that’s why the are dry and boring…

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