For neat ideas for your next talk’s opening line, here’s a great free resource. It’s a 2-page PDF packed with almost 30 opening lines by Patricia Fripp, CSP – former president of the National Speakers’ Association in the US.
A few months ago I shared a 7-minute video by Patricia in which she demonstrated 5 of those opening lines. Well since then, she’s generously published this greatly expanded list of ideas, in a format that’s really quick to take in.
Here are 3 examples:
- “Just like you I was brought up to believe…”
- “You know what it’s like when…”
- “If I were to ask you…”
Draw your audience into what you’re saying
I like those examples because they each use the word “you”, which is a key way to help make your presentation about your audience. By involving people that way, you draw your audience into what you’re saying. You also properly orient your talk to their needs and knowledge – not yours.
So do check this out:
You might also like the other documents and links on her Handouts page.
Over to you
- Which is your favourite opening line from Patricia’s list, and why?
- What’s the best opening line you’ve ever heard used in a presentation?