The first 30 seconds of your presentation is the optimum time for you to capture your audience’s attention. Don’t waste it! Give your opening words some extra consideration. Always start your presentation with impact. When you engage your audience immediately, you help to ensure the overall success of your presentation. Here are a few of […]

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The opening lines of your presentation – whether it’s a sales, business, or professional presentation – can be compared to the opening scenes of a movie. We all know the thrill of a blockbuster that grabs our attention from the first frame, versus the agony of a slow-starter that leaves us squirming in our seats. […]

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Ever Wondered How to Open Your Presentation with Impact? This is how I opened my keynote presentation for District 12 Toastmasters Spring conference. “In July 1978 at the Galt House Hotel in Louville, KY at my second NSA convention Dr. Kenneth McFarland who was considered the Dean of all American speakers and the person we […]

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How to Open and Close Your Presentation By Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE This week I am at the National Speakers Assn convention and tomorrow I am going to deliver a presentation on “The Flavor Scene: Open Your Presentation with Impact.” Of course a good opening needs to be matched with a strong close. One of my […]

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Psychologists have proven that the first and last 30 seconds of any speech have the most impact – so give the opening and closing of your talk a little extra thought, time and effort. Do not open with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here tonight.” It’s a weak, rather meaningless thought […]

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Innovative openings launch memorable meetings… Patricia Fripp was coaching a CEO from a major corporation who had eight minutes to outline a money-saving program to his employees. Instead of leading off with money talk, she suggested he walk on stage and say, “We are here to talk about heroes,” then pause… and continue pausing… for […]

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Emily Kimbell is an older adventurer who bicycled across America and hiked the Appalachian Trail. She asked me how to make her presentations more exciting. “How do you open now?” I asked. “‘As I rode my bike slowly into the campground…’” she replied. She continued giving me her typical presentation until she got to a […]

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Show you are “one of the group” by referring to something that is happening right now. One opening to help you immediately connect is to walk out and start with, “I love your theme!” Then tell them why. Or, “This is the perfect time of the year for this meeting.” Naturally, this must segway into […]

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