The Complete Guide to Public Speaking

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Your Introduction
Is Crucial
Prior to launching your presentation, someone will introduce you. Since you write your own introduction, its length is usually up to you. Keep your introduction as short as is practical. The longer the introduction, the more work for your introducer, the more likely that he or she will botch some words, and the higher probability that the audience will be put off.
WRITING YOUR INTRODUCTION
I've sat through introductions that were truly boring. They went on and on, offering a laundry list of the presenter's accomplishments. Following pertinent facts, veteran speaker Al Walker recommends that the introduction have three essentials:
1. Something interesting about you, even gossipy.
2. Why you were chosen to speak, including why the topic should be addressed at this event.
3. Some particulars about yourself.

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