Do you fear public speaking and have anxiety? Indeed, public speaking makes everyone sweaty-palmed and anxious especially when you are doing it for the first time. If you are going to give a speech and have anxiety, don’t worry – in this article, I am going to tell you the secret of how to start a speech confidently and positively and help you deliver your entire speech bravely.
How to Start a Speech Confidently and Positively
Initially, let me tell you that one of the most important qualities of an effective and best speech is that it’s relatively short and to the point. When you are going to deliver a speech, prepare and consider the length of your speech, then follow the following tips to start and end your speech positively and with confidence.
1. Greet and Introduce Yourself
Greet and introduce yourself to the audience. The very first few words you say will influence what the audience’s reaction will be to the information you present. In the introduction greeting and introducing yourself is the foundation on which you can build a strong and impressive speech and prepare your audience for what comes next. As an illustration, you can use the examples given in this article below.
2. Start with a Good Quote or Saying
Start with a good quote from famous writers. Remember starting with a quote can be effective, but you can’t grab the attention of your audience if the quotation isn’t powerful or irrelevant to the theme of your speech. Add any famous and meaningful quote or saying from famous personalities relevant to your speech content.
3. Make Good First Impression
Have you heard of “the first impression is the last impression”? Making a first good impression will help you start your speech positively with confidence. When you make a good first impression you will immediately catch the attention of the whole audience and attract them to listen to your entire speech. For this aspect, you can search and find your favorite and inspirational speech. Some of the examples are given below.
4. Make Eyes Contact
Making eye contact is a sign of confidence. Remember when delivering a speech try to make eye contact in order to attract the audience towards yourself. Moreover, try to make an effort to make eye contact with every individual of your audience because when you make eye contact it makes everyone engaged in your speech and your audience is much more likely to be persuaded.
5. Don’t Hide Behind the Lectern
The audience is engaged with you and they are just looking at you, hence step out from behind the lectern. Having movement will keep the audience from falling asleep, also they will perceive you as more open and accessible.
- Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Today is an exciting and phenomenal day. Today I am going to give you a speech. I don’t know if you know me, but I am……….. Thank you [name of anchor] and thank you to the students, teachers, parents, invited guests, and whole staff who have organized this charming function.
- “Good Morning to all the respected teachers, parents, and my dear friends. Today we all have gathered to celebrate such a beautiful and bright day. I am……. and it’s my honor today to deliver my speech and address for this incredible audience.
- Good evening everyone I am…..and it’s my pleasure to welcome you all, students, families, special guests, faculty members, and everyone who made an impact on this awesome function today.
- Good morning and a warm welcome to everyone present here. I as the [your position] feel proud looking back on the years of legacy we have all made together.
Below is just a sample quotes you can use to begin your speech, but it’s recommended to search and find quotes relevant to the contents of your speech.
- “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” —Henry Peter Brougham
- “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” —B.B. King
- “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” —Nora Ephron
- “You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently.” – Steve Jobs
- “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
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