Introductions as a guest speaker

When individuals are asked to be guest speakers, they often must provide their own introductions written so that someone else can introduce them to the audience.

Why are introductions so important?

Why not just let the speaker get up there and start speaking? An introduction plays a crucial role for the guest speaker.

The purpose of an introduction is to:

1) Gather the audience’s attention. People are coming into one place with different things going on in their lives and they may be present but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are ready to be engaged.  However, engaging the audience is different than convincing them that they need to or should listen (even if it gets boring)

An introduction should also…

2) Motivate the audience to listen. Listening is active, hearing is passive. It’s important to let the audience know that this is something they are going to want to or that they need to listen to.

However, with so many bad introductions, many people are ignorant of what a good introduction looks like.

So how do you write an engaging introduction?

Do you remember the last time you heard an engaging introduction? Maybe you stopped what you were doing, broke off a conversation, or got a little excited to hear what the speaker had to say.  Most likely it wasn’t because you knew beforehand that you were excited to hear them, but it was probably the way the presenter introduced the speaker.

Watch Carl Kwam’s video on How to Introduce Another Speaker in 3 Steps


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