How to Start Your Presentation: Don’t Overthink It

How to Start Your Presentation: Don’t Overthink It

How to Start Your Presentation: Don’t Overthink It
Overthinking Public Speaking

How to Start Your Presentation: 4 Step Formula for a Killer Intro

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The hardest part of any presentation is the beginning. The first words you speak will determine the audience’s reaction to the information presented and to your performance.

Understanding the right way to start a presentation will help you attract the audience’s attention and prepare them for what comes next.

Most people have more anxiety about public speaking then they should. This anxiety comes from the traditional public speaking format that we are taught in school.

Modern public presentations are informal and relaxed. The audience does not expect, or want, an academically strict presentation. They want the facts presented in an entertaining way.

Here are 5 Ways to Start a Presentation the right way:

1. Attention

Take a moment to do a quick posture check before you walk out in front of your audience. If you are slouching, you may seem like you lack confidence. Grabbing the audience’s attention is just that, getting them to focus on you.

A simple one-line statement is all that is required. Let’s get started and can I have your attention, please? are two great opening lines that quickly grab attention. Do not over think it. Just say it and move on.

2. Welcome

Stand up as straight and tall as you can to ensure a confident posture. Keep standing tall as you walk out in front of your audience and begin your presentation.

Welcome the audience to your presentation. This does not have to be a long speech. Again, a short one-sentence statement work best. Welcome to our company and thank your for coming are short introductions that fulfill every expectation the audience might have.

3. Introduction

Do you see a pattern forming? Short and to the point. The longer you talk, the more restless the audience will become. They did not come to hear your personal stories. They want the information contained in your presentation. The quicker you can get to that information, the happier your audience will be.

4. Purpose

In one short sentence, state the purpose of your presentation. The problem most people have with public speaking is they over think the entire process. If you make a mistake, laugh at yourself with the audience.

5. Questions

Before diving into the important information, inform the audience how you will be dealing with questions. Please hold all question until the end and I will be answering questions as we go along so just raise your hand are both completely acceptable statements that briefly and precisely address questions.

Your entire open statement should be no more complicated that this:

Okay, let's get started. Thank you for coming. My name is Santosh Kumar and I am the Owner of Free Online Tutorials website. I would like to talk to you today about How to Start Your Presentation. I will be taking questions in comment sections if you have a question.
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