How to Start a Speech


One of the first words you should say in a speech, and what are the last words you should say in a speech Now tomorrow, I don’t know how many of you are speaking, but I guarantee if you go to conferences 19 out of 20 speakers will start in one of these ways number one My name is Connor Neal. I’m from tango and this talk is about the latest trend in monitoring strategies Now all of you are sitting with a piece of paper in front of you. That says I’m Connor Neal I’ve come from Ireland, and I’m going to talk about tango 0-4 and this So by repeating what you already know? I’m giving a signal that it’s a time to get your BlackBerry out I’ve just signals that this talk is Opportunity to reconnect with blackberry make sure the office is ok, maybe get some plans together for the weekend Another way to start The lights and some of the mics working and how much time have I got Ok right ok Is it is it plugged in? and You laugh, but I guarantee tomorrow. There’s going to be some moments They get a little bit up And Why because this is for some of you the first time you see this individual. They’re here as a leader in their industry and Your kid at school presenting on giraffes does a better job That’s sad I Think there’s only three ways of starting a speech And it’s the same if you went into a bar and there’s a group of people as a networking event much like you were at before you walked into this room and Maybe I came up to a group There’s group of three people who are having a little conversation. I walk in and I say hi. I’m Connor I’m Irish 38 years old I have an interest in sailing. I like running And they’ve walked away How do you get people to engage with you when you’re networking I Say in networking the best thing you can do is walk up. I think we know someone in common Try and walk away when someone comes up and says that to you Hopefully, you’ve done your research, so you do know that you’ve know someone in common, but with LinkedIn You can find out who knows who on anyone you want? So how to start a speech? first way With a question that matters to the audience How do you phrase a problem that the audience faces in a question So that’d be the third best way of starting a speech The second best way of starting a speech with a factoid that shocks There’s more people alive today than have ever died More people alive today than have ever died There’s a lot of speeches that can follow on from there Every two minutes The energy reaching the earth from the Sun is equivalent to the whole annual usage of humanity All the energy all the cars everything moving all the lighting all the air conditioning of the world in One year is equivalent to two minutes of Sun Does that change how you think about energy So what’s a fact that shocks the audience into rethinking? and Google has transformed your ability to get at these facts Given two or three minutes you can find out one whether anything I’ve said is true But you trust me because I Look the part, and I’m from ESA those are in fact two true facts I Usually get someone come up to me and are you sure but how do they measure dead and alive But it’s true, and it’s not even close But the best way to Start a speech and the way that I hope all of you use from now forward is the same way We start a story to a child Now how do we start a story to a child? And I say oneth once upon a time And what happens when you say once upon a time I can tell you what happens when I say once upon a time my daughter leans forward gets ready to hear engages and We were all trained as kids to know when a story’s coming We also know when a teacher is about to deliver a 40 minute boring lecture that has no impact on our lives But in business You don’t hear him Jack Welsh saying once upon a time Steve Jobs doesn’t heart start his speeches once upon a time, so there’s a grown-up way of saying once upon a time and If you listen to the conversations that are interesting around you at a dinner table in A networking event if you listen to the people that are gathering the group of eight that are listening to them The way they’re talking is different the way they start is different The way you tell stories as an adult is in October was the last time I was in this room there were a hundred and twenty people in the room And I was having a little conversation with one of the world experts on public speaking and he said something to me He said something to me This had me thinking ever since He said something to me that changed What I think about what’s important in speaking? Now I can pause for about 30 seconds two or three minutes, and you want to know what he said So in Speaking in sales, we assume self-interest So if you can tell a story from your own life that Connects you to why this topic is important to you. Why you first joined the company when you first saw someone benefit And you saw how their life was changed, and I think here exploring what quality of life means for you in your business How do you affect quality of life for a customer? Because that’s where the stories that will start to connect you to the audience will come from Because stories are about people They’re not about objects they are not about things. It’s about the people behind the things If you want to tell a good story about Tango don’t talk about the software talk about the people who built the software What they do how they are what’s important to them what they sacrifice? And in your own life What does quality of life mean? What sacrifices have you made to achieve something that was more important and If you can tell stories and the audience connect with those stories then They want to hear what you have to say And all the reasons and all the benefits. They’re all written in the document and in the PowerPoint But they need to trust you And they need to care about you as a person to engage with you and then decide that they will act

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100 thoughts on “How to Start a Speech

  1. 3:21 Not true.  there have been 108.2 billion who have ever been born. Taking away the roughly 7.4 billion who are alive today, we get 100.8 billion who have died before us.

  2. "There's more people alive than have ever died."
    Bullshit, that's not a true fact.
    There's about 8 billion people alive. The estimate amount of people that have ever lived is 107 billion.

  3. PROOF NEIL DEGRASSE IS NOT SO SMART AND A LIAR
    HE BELIEVES IN BIG BANG NONSENSE WITHOUT GOD
    SO, EVEN IF WE GIVE YOU , YOUR NONSENSE EVERYTHING FROM NOTHING BUT A TINY SINGULARITY

    THEN ALL MATTER IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE , MUST HAVE BEEN CREATED … HOW EVER LONG THAT TOOK FROM A MASSIVE EXPLOSION BUT YOU DENY IT WAS AN EXPLOSION BUT PHYSIC AND SCIENCE PROVES THIS FALSE … BECAUSE WITHOUT MASSIVE EXPLOSION OF FORCE … MATTER CANNOT MOVE.
    AGAIN YOUR BULLSHITZ PROVEN FALSE … BY BASIC COMMON SENSE

    ANYWAY, YOU HAVE TO ASSERT THAT ALL CAME INTO EXISTENCE INSTANTLY …… ALL MATTER
    THUS THIS VIOLATE EVERY LAW AND RULE OF YOUR FALSE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
    AND MATERIAL / ELEMENT SCIENCE SAYS THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE, EVIDENCE PROVES THIS FALSE

    SO, THEN YOU HAVE BIG DELAY
    HOWEVER, SINCE BEGINNING OF UNIVERSE YOU DONT HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR THE MATTER TO EXPAND AND BECOME IN EXISTENCE AND BE POSITIONED INTO .. THE POSITION WHERE IT IS…
    IN THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE …

    ADDITIONALLY, YOU ARE ASSERTING … ALL MATTER MOVED FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT
    TO GET TO WHERE IT EXIST. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY POSSIBLE

    THEN YOU HAVE TO ASSERT,
    IT ALL STOPED MOVING AT VARIOUS RANDOM POINTS OF TIME WITH NO OUTSIDE INFLUENCE OF ANYTHING BECAUSE NOTHING EXISTED WHEN THIS HAPPENED

    YET SOMETHING STOPPED ALL OF THE MATTER IN SPACE TO STOP MOVING.
    SOMETHING …. IN BILLIONS OF TIME AT BILLIONS OF DIFFERENT POINTS IN TIME AND DIFFERENT POINTS IN SPACE CAUSE MASSIVE MOVING MASS OF OBJECTS TO STOP MOVING AND CHANGE DIRECTION AND A NEW SPEED IN SEQUENCE WITH OTHER OBJECTS IN AN ORBIT

    THANK YOU …. I HAVE PROVEN YOU COMPLETELY FALSE AND A LIAR
    I HAVE PROVEN EVERY SCIENTIST WHO MAKE THESE ASSERTIONS COMPLETE FOOLISH IDIOTS

    ANY SCIENTIST WHO TRY TO TAKE CREDIT FOR MY DISCOVERY WILL FACE ME ….
    I WILL SHARE CREDIT WITH THE SCIENTIST WHO CAN PROPERLY PROPOSE THIS INTO AN ARGUMENT TO DEBUNK THIS FALSE SCIENCE , SCIENTIST ALWAYS COME UP WITH…
    AND WE PROPOSITION THIS AND PURSUE THE NOBEL PRIZE

    ERIC …

    GOD IS LIGHT, LIGHT IS ENERGY ….
    ALL LIGHT EMINATE FROM GOD ….

  4. Which talk would get more votes?
    "Heyo y'all sup homies, we's all chillin up in heeyah, sweet so….."
    Or
    "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, honoured guests and dignitaries….."

  5. I may not know how to start a speech but I do know not to pick your nose every 3 minutes during a speech like this guy.

  6. World population would have to double with each generation for his first fact to be true. That sounds like a whole lot of bullshit.

  7. OK, SO IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ALIVE TODAY THAN THERE EVER WERE ON EARTH… WHY SHOULD I LISTEN TO THE REST OF THIS WHEN THIS GUY CANNOT CHECK HIS FACTS????? in 2007 mth was 106 billion lived vs 6.5 billion alive

  8. Awesome advice – telling stories takes presentations to the next level! There are some other interesting tips I have also heard of from other coaches and leaders that I would love you to comment on: 1) start with a silent pause prior to uttering your first word to build up anticipation and attention after taking a deep breath and "landing" in your starting stance first; 2) jump into your story or first idea – do not introduce yourself or display gratitude for being invited to speak; 3) end with the same energy you start with.

  9. this is what i imagine what would happen to my brain if i worked in a corporate environment. some dude who thinks he knows the best way to start a speech. check the powerpoint.

  10. Frankly, he lost my attention fairly quickly because it was too long and drawn out. For chrissakes: MAKE A POINT!!!

  11. so after all that he didnt actually tell you how to start a speech.Ok he mentioned making a story relateable but he didnt say what the number 1 way is?? Am I missing something?

  12. How can everybody listen the same? Some people like anecdotal stories, some people like statistical data. He claims his method is universal, how can it be?

  13. 6:30 "…conversation with one of the world experts on public speaking…" I want to know what he said that had such great impact on the way you think about ps? Hell no! I want to know who he is, because he's likely to be more interesting to listen to. The thing is, that you haven't deserved the credibility yet for me to rely on your judgement. It's just my guess, he might very well do better.

  14. I believe the first thing to learn to give a good speech is to start giving speeches, The example he mentioned of umm, err, etc is the sign of noob.

  15. 1:00 I was at an event 2 weeks ago, and the person presenting started that way, it was terrible and I was bored and they continued that way through the presentation. 10 minutes in, I left.

  16. Thing about factoids is, they aren't always true. As a cuboid is not always a cube, and a humanoid is not always human, so a factoid is not always a fact.
    Thing is, there have been about 108bn people who have died since H. Sapiens got going, and only about 8bn alive now. I wonder if his other points are equally untrue.

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  18. He repeatedly asserts there are more people alive today than have ever died…

    In fact the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived as against about 7 bn alive today.

  19. The best way to start a speech is: "Im gonna say some things and will not repeat them. By the end of it, im gonna make a question, winner takes it all."

  20. He's wrong. Perhaps 8 or 10 per cent of humans who ever lived are alive today, depending on what your definition of a human is. If you're a Christian fundamentalist I can't discuss this with you.

  21. Thought he sounded informative and knowledgeable until came out with the blatant tosh about, “there are more people alive today than have ever died”. Wonder if he tells people you count 1 second per mile to estimate distance of a lightning strike ….?

  22. Usually, I read the comments section first to determine whether to go ahead with the video or just skip it… Skimming through the first few comments usually I would have skipped this video… fortunately I didn't… Very good sharing…

  23. i am here watching over the your speech deliverance to public and in your audience i want to but i dont have ability to to show up

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  26. It's ironic that someone who's giving a lecture about how to communicate w/an audience, connect w/people, and get and retain their attention starts out w/a factoid("There are more people alive today than have EVER died!") that is not just false, it is WILDLY inaccurate.
    It COMPLETELY undermines everything else he says because once I know that one thing a person has claimed is untrue(particularly when it's VERY untrue), I take literally EVERYthing I hear from them moving forward, w/a grain of salt.
    I'm confident that people can quibble w/the numbers on the margins, but the most in depth look into the ratio of people alive today vs the number of people who've ever lived is a measly SIX percent.
    It's just odd that the SINGLE interesting tidbit that he wanted to grab our attention with was so mind-BLOWINGLY wrong.

  27. Seriously, Who actually checked Linkedin before going to a network bar? Just him…! I started to get out my Blackberry when he started to talk about more people alive and dead…

  28. LOL, it takes this guy THREE MINUTES to tell you what he is trying to tell you. This speech is geared towards dundering chowderheads.

  29. I'm sorry to say that this guy bored me to tears- because he seems earnest and likable but wasted time, and spoke too slowly in getting to the point.

  30. Good god man you’d think he’d research his “factoid” about more people being alive today than have ever lived! That’s not even close to true, FYI, there are about 7.5bn people alive today that descended from over 100bn people who are definitely dead. I know not point of the talk, but that kind of lazy misinformation is one of the last things we need on YT today.

  31. Ok, this guys “fact” is attention getting to anyone with a brain because it’s obviously wrong!

    This brand of lazy disinformation pisses me off and, FWIW, I didn’t find this speaker compelling at all.

    “Get to the friggin point man! And while you’re at it, UTFSE before disseminating total nonsense as fact”….(like we need more misinformation these days!). Ugh! Rant over.

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