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Learn to create catchy speech openings from top contest winners.

By Lisa B Marshall

“Have you ever been surprised to find out you weren’t as good or as smart as you thought?” That’s the first sentence from my book, Smart Talk. The goal? To make an immediate connection with the reader. It’s the same goal I have for speeches. Powerful opening words, when combined with strong stage presence, can seductively draw the audience in, cleverly hint at the topic and make an emotional connection with the audience.

That’s why, when preparing a keynote speech, I spend 10 times more time developing and practicing the opener than any other part of the speech.

You only have seconds to make a powerful first impression on the audience. And if you don’t hook them, you’ve lost them.

Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking are experts at creatively grabbing attention and winning over audiences at the start of their speeches. By analyzing their methods and techniques, and also what could go wrong with them, you can create even stronger openings to impress your audience.

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Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication via public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders.

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