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A Brilliant Opener to Your Presentations

A Brilliant Opener to Your Presentations
Here’s more on a brilliant opener to your presentations—the story or anecdote.
1. An anecdote briefly describes an incident that’s interesting, amusing or biographical. All three together are sure to get attention. That’s why many presenters start by saying “A funny thing happened to me…”
2. It’s critical to make the story connect to your topic!
3. Facial expressions, gestures, and intonations add interest and amusement, and draw in the audience.
4. Make your anecdote reveal something personal about you (like why do you have a purple tongue or running mascara). Audiences respond strongest to presenters who relate on a human level.
5. Do it!
Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercise.
Rerun from Aug 5, 2013 and Nov 7, 2016

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