Episode 023 — Memorize Your Intro and Learn from Lincoln




 

2 Minute Tip: Memorize Your Intro

 
Think back to a recent presentation you saw. Do you remember how it started? What do you remember about the speaker’s effectiveness?  Do you remember more about the beginning of the presentation or the middle of it? 

The first 2-3 minutes of a presentation are critical. That’s when you have to hook your audience so they’ll join you for the rest of your journey. You can make your intro stronger by memorizing it.  With a memorized introduction, you:
 

  • Already know how the words flow together
  • Don’t waste time on filler words like “um” and “ah”
  • Project more confidence
  • Make eye contact with more people

 
Plus, as you memorize your intro while you prep your presentation, you can continue to revise and sharpen it further.
 
When you memorize your intro you put yourself in the best position to be successful.
 

Post Tip Discussion: Learn from Lincoln

 
In light of the Memorial Day weekend we just had, I decided to take a look at the Gettysburg address.  Lincoln gave his famous speech at the dedication for a cemetery for veterans of the Civil War killed during the Battle of Gettysburg just a few month earlier. President Lincoln wasn’t even the featured speaker that day, but his short speech has endured in the American consciousness.  What can speakers learn today from what the President said in 1863?
 

  • Be brief
  • Keep revising
  • Tie everything back to your theme

 
You can learn more about the Gettysburg address in this Wikipedia article.
 
The closing music on this episode is the Molly Lewis Song, “Our American Cousin” from the album, “I made you a CD, but I eated it.” Molly has links to her various albums, projects, social media and more at MollyLewis.wtf
 

Call To Action:

 

  • Tell us your thoughts on the Gettysburg Address or on other historic speeches where you find inspiration in the comments below. Or you can email Bill @ 2MinuteTalkTips.com. You can also find me on Twitter @CurrentlyBill
  • If you liked this episode, share it with your friends through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or the social network of your choice.
  • Check out Molly Lewis and her music at MollyLewis.wtf
  • If you heard anything incorrect about the Gettysburg Address, please let me know, and edit the Wikipedia page as appropriate
  • Memorize your next introduction
  • Learn what you can from President Lincoln
  • Don’t get best…get better

 

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