Join Laura Bergells for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring five strong openings, part of Public Speaking Fundamentals.
How can you use your words to grab the attention of your audience right away?…The very first words out of your mouth are incredibly important.…Let's explore five techniques that exploit the power of what we'll call the cold open.…In the cold open, you simply begin by beginning.…There is no hemming. There is no hawing.…You don't start by saying "welcome" or "thank you" or any trite polite platitude…that almost guarantees you'll lose your audience in seconds.…What do you do instead?…Well, let's take a look at these five cold opening techniques.…
Number one, I often like to start a presentation by asking an…open-ended question.…In this video for example, I started with "How can you use your words to grab…the attention of your audience right away?"…This question creates a mini mystery.…It opens the knowledge gap and makes the audience wonder about how you'll close it.…Now, notice I didn't ask a yes or no question.…For example I didn't ask "Can you use words to grab the attention of your…audience right away?"…
Lynda.com is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.
The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
- Identifying your audience
- Developing credibility
- Introducing an agenda
- Exploring five strong opening techniques
- Developing great body language
- Understanding room dynamics
- Handling questions and answers
- Getting feedback<br><br>
- The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
A: Discover more on this topic by visiting <a href="../../../discover/communication-skills">communication skills on lynda.com</a>.