The ideal allocation of time for the introduction of your speech typically falls within the range of 10 to 15% of your total speech duration, mirroring the same percentage for the closing. The introduction serves as a critical component to engage your audience right from the start.
To maximize the effectiveness of your introduction, consider crafting a strong introduction script for the person introducing you. This script can cover essential details like establishing your credibility and explaining why you’re the most qualified speaker for the topic. By doing this, you free up valuable time within your actual speech, allowing you to delve directly into the core content without redundancy. This approach ensures your audience remains engaged and focused on the key message you wish to convey.
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