Public speaking training help newbie to face their fears from choosing a target market or audience, topic and general structure of their speech. The sad thing is, rushing to answer these technical challenges, among the fear-inducing aspects of speech making is usually forgotten, which is to decide what to say in your introduction. 

Psychologists established the significance of first impressions when meeting a new person. In case of public speaking, being able to make a good first impression might mean the difference between abject failure or absolute success of reaching your goals. Due to the reason that public speaking is a channel used for making sales, establishing partnerships, entering a job promotion and gaining influence, it is essential that every aspiring speaker diligently work at mastering the introduction of their presentation. 

Here are some of the best and effective ideas that you can try to successfully get the attention of your audience and connect with them by creating a powerful introduction. 

Startling Fact or Surprising Statistics 

You may begin your presentation skills with either a fact that serve as compelling metaphor in illustrating problem, opportunity or challenge you want to talk about or a startling statistics. For example, if you're presenting a seminar that's related to waste or hidden cost, then you might cite statistics highlighting waste in municipality or government department. 

Comic Entry 

Another good option to connect with your audience and release tension is to start it with a joke or a funny story. This isn't a tactic that is recommended if you are new to public speaking or if you're not familiar with sensibilities of your audience. On the other hand, if you're good at speaking humor, then remember that a lot of experienced speakers are using comic entry to great effect. 

Popular or Inspiring Quote 

Making use of thought-provoking, inspiring and insightful quotes in your public speaking presentations can be a big help for your audience to connect to your message. As a matter of fact, even the well-worn quotes that are used by speakers may still resonate with your listeners when applied to new scenarios and contexts. 



The art of storytelling is actually a skill that usually goes beyond scope of fundamental public speaking training. A few of the greatest management and entrepreneurial speakers of all time have been good storytellers. Be on the lookout for case studies, metaphors and stories that is able to illustrate core points of your speeches and cornerstone talks.