You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
We’ve all heard this expression before, but it wasn’t until early last year that someone put it into real perspective for me. I was having lunch with a member of the local CAPS chapter and discussing speaking and presentation tips he’d impart to someone at an early stage in their career. He told me about the importance of opening a speech on the right note. “The first minute earns you the privilege of the audience’s attention for the next five” [tweet this], he said.
I think about that every time while putting together keynote speeches and over time, I brainstormed a few different ideas I’ll share with you here: