To all speakers and trainers, I have a question.
What is the purpose of the first sentence of your speech or training session? In today’s supercharged environment of distractions, the answer is to give a reason for your audience to listen to your second sentence.
Just because someone is looking at you does not mean they are paying attention. That is why it is important for a speaker to make their opening as powerful as possible. You want to give your audience a reason to listen to you.
So don’t start your speech thanking your master of ceremonies or saying you are glad to be there. Once an audience hears an average or boring opening, they immediately place you in a box that is hard to get out of.
So start with a bold statement or a question. Or start with a short powerful story. You need to give a reason for your audience to listen to you.