How to Dazzle Your Audience in the First 7 Seconds of Your Speech

In the moment after you’ve been introduced but before you begin to speak, anticipation builds. Here’s how to use it to command a room. February 14, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I once attended a breakfast lecture series to see a man speak about design for 30 minutes. Five minutes into it, I wished I had stayed home to make myself some eggs. The man committed many sins typical of inexperienced public speakers. He made his slide deck more important than what he had to say. He used advanced technical jargon instead of language that his layperson audience could understand. But his most egregious mistake happened before all of that. In fact, it happened in the first 7 seconds.  What he did that morning is done often, by most speakers I’ve seen. First, he thanked the person who introduced him. Then he greeted everyone and asked […]

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