What Can I Do to Grab the Attention of My Audience Right Away?

There are several ways you can gain interest and buy-in from your audience before you go on to deliver the main points in your presentation. Here are a few ideas for grabbing your audience’s attention when you open.

Ask a question: How many of you exercise at least 3 times a week?
Use a quotation: "Education is not just the filling of a pail, it is lighting of a fire"
- B.F. Skinner
Show a startling statistic: "Ten million dollars are spent every year on..."
Open with a demonstration: To introduce a new policy, dramatically drop a copy of the old one in the trash
Share an anecdote: Tell a story that illustrates the value of what you're about to present.

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