Setting the Stage

Rich Hopkins, a finalist in the International Speech Contest, wonders why Toastmasters take so little care with their introductions.

In general, I rarely see speakers in TM clubs actually write their own introduction, and at best, it typically includes their manual/project number, their name, and the title of their speech. Occasionally it’s brought in a typed format, but it’s most often scribbled at the last minute, often handed to the TM right before the speaker is to present, setting the TM, and the speaker, up for a completely mishandled beginning to their speech….

We spend so much time (hopefully) preparing for our speech – why do we do so little, or even nothing at all, with our introduction? If we’re really preparing ourselves for the ‘real world’, we should add this particular skill to our repertoire, and put ourselves, and our introducers, in a strong position to succeed.

He’s got three good pieces of advice, and I think it’s worth your time to take a look.

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