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“Hi, my name is Stacy Pederson. I am a clean comedian, a funny speaker, and an acting and speech coach. Today, I want to share with you why I think it’s a terrible idea to give a standard introduction thanking people when you first step onstage. When you first step onstage, you have eight seconds, eight seconds, to grab the audience’s attention. Then you have 30, 60, 90 seconds, three minutes, five minutes, and eight minutes. So I’m going to repeat that. It’s 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds, three minutes, five minutes, and eight minutes, and within those standard timeframes, you need to hit certain marks or certain levels in your speech in order to not only grab your audience’s attention but to maintain it and then win them over to want to listen to you for the remainder of your speech. If you haven’t won them over by eight minutes, you’re not going to win them over pretty much guaranteed, so would you waste that first 30, 60, 90 seconds coming onstage and shuffling your papers and getting situated at the podium and then turning and thanking the person who introduced you and maybe acknowledging all the other people in the room? It’s quite boring because most people do that.
So instead, you’re going to want to walk onstage and come up with a really catchy opener for the first eight seconds, 30, 60, and then 90 seconds. I personally try and wait till the three minute mark before I loop back around to acknowledge and thank the people that have helped bring me up or the people in the room, the audience especially, I really appreciate the audience being there and being willing to give me their attention and time, so I want to draw them in as well. So always try to have some interesting, whether it’s a joke, whether it’s a funny story, but it needs to be something the audience can relate to, something unique about maybe the things that they’re eating for a meal if it happens to be over lunch or at dinner. You’re going to want to take those first 30, 60, 90 seconds to bring a surprise element. Like I said, it can be humor or funny, just something interesting, even a video, something unique or maybe a funny prop so that you catch their attention and then really after the 90 seconds, you can give the thank yous, but if you can hold out till three minutes doing something fun and unique for those first three minutes, you’ll really win that audience over. And then they’ll be ready to listen and to acknowledge the fact that you’re acknowledging them and other people in the room.
You’re welcome to follow me. I’ll have more speaking tips for any of you who give sales presentations or speeches whether that’s for a profession or you’re required to for your job, you’re welcome to subscribe to my channel. You can also follow me on my blog at stacypederson.com, that’s Pederson with a D. I have to say that every video. I’m going to have a link below, so good luck and no intros when you first come on. Don’t be boring.”