You’ve all heard presentations that start with “Today I was asked to speak about…”
That kind of opening has at least two major problems:
- The audience must wonder just how passionate and committed you are to the subject. You were asked to speak. What did you really wish to speak about?
- The opening softens your body language too much. You’re not strong and passionate, you are motionless and unsmiling.
Try it yourself. Start a presentation first with “I was asked to speak..” then try it again with a more passionate opening “I want to talk about something that will change your life…” It’s a night and day difference.