Introductory Speech

The Red Rebel By The Red Rebel, 30th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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NOTE: This article is based on my 4 successful and fruitful years of experience about hitting podiums. So, it is your choice whether to believe them and apply them or not.


As you all know, or maybe most, INTRODUCTORY SPEECH is about yourself, a speech which introduces oneself to the world. It is either heard on recognition programs, seminars, or even on a small scale basis such as classrooms, it is heard.
¬What are the parts of an introductory speech?
As cliché as it sounds, it has 3 parts: an introduction, a body and an ending. However, usual case scenario is that people will always think of the introduction as the first part, how the story would begin or plotting the mood. Sometimes, yes but not always. If you want to attract more attention with your unique way of speech, I suggest you stop with the mainstream once in a while.
So, if you take my advice, here are the parts of my introductory speech:


What’s in an introduction? Well, it does not always have to be literally the “start”.

TIP #1: Sometimes, you can start with a life experience which happens to be your turning point.

TIP #2: You can start with a quotation which you strongly believe in and stand for.
I remember this one time when I was in 3rd year high school and my Chemistry teacher, Mrs. Rahon, explained why the seawater has not yet been absorbed by the sand underneath it. She started to draw a sketch of the sea and intently explained every detail. She made chemistry look so easy, so basic, and so enjoyable. I just scratched my head in amazement of how chemistry is actually very much related to almost everything.
As she packed up her things on the table for dismissal, I looked at her and thought that I suddenly wanted to be a chemist. I looked up the ceiling while waiting for our next teacher, then suddenly it hit me! I wanted to be a chemist and an engineer at the same time. That idea lit the bulb up my head; there was my dream – to be a Chemical Engineer.

Mary Higgins Clark once said on her book The Second Time Around, “It's funny how, even long after you've accepted the grief of losing someone you love and truly have gotten on with your life, every once in a while something comes up that plays "gotcha," and for a moment or tow the car tissue separates and the wound is raw again.”
I’ve always believed in that. It’s quite peculiar right? How it can resurface again like it happened just moments ago. Like thinking about one moment in your life where you almost lost that most precious man in your life. Indeed I am thankful that I didn’t get to truly experience the loss but the thought of the whole event gets me breaking down in tears.

Make sure that as soon as you utter the first sentence, you’re already giving your audience a glimpse of who you are or what your principles in life are. It is suggested that you make your speech interactive as if you're just talking to your good friend. Make it interactive in a sense that you have the "Have you ever had this moment in your life where...?" or "It's weird right?" kind of statements.


What’s in a body? Usually, it’s where everything else lie before you end the speech.
However, again, it does not always have to be like the mainstream. You can put the original content of your introduction in here.

APPLICATION: (in connection to TIP # 1 APPLICATION)
(My name here) born on a starry starry night of November’s 29th. A successful Chemical Engineer, still, with wishes and goals to achieve…

Then you can start inserting some of your life stories in between. Take note, do not make it too long because you will simply bore most of your audiences. Here’s a tip, try putting silly stories but not embarrassing ones. The stories where you have funny moments but will eventually turn out good are highly suggested.


What’s in an ending remark? Simple, summary, and add up information.

I’ve always been a dreamer since I was a kid. Until now, that I’m successful, I still am. I’m (my name here), the dreamer, the wanderer, the Chemical Engineer. (PAUSE FOR ABOUT 1 SECOND) Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.


The no-no's in an introductory speech are:
1. Monotonous tone of delivery.
2. Standing on one position for the entire speech.
3. Thinking about moving too much.
4. Using of too much hand movement.
5. Overthinking.
6. Being someone you're not while delivering speech.
7. Too much movement of the eyes, quick shift when looking from one person to the other.
8. Awkward position.
9. Repetition of words.
10. Too much confidence.


Highly suggested!
1. Emphasis on words that mean so much on the situation.
2. Using of hand freely.
3. Having facial expressions if needed (which is most of the time).
4. Relax.
5. Eye contact with the audience.


In case you forget a part of your speech, do not LAUGH, TAP YOUR FINGERS, CLENCH YOUR FIST, DISTORT YOUR FACE, SMILE WICKEDLY, LOOK UP THE CEILING, or even MURMUR SILENTLY WITH YOUR MOUTH. Your audience can see all these and they will have an idea that you're in danger.
When this situation comes, just add stuff up. It's about you anyway so you can insert things about you until you start to remember the rest.
TAKE NOTE: Don't let any of your audience think you forgot a part.

If you want to ask questions or have a chat with me, email me at:
Make sure that the subject of your email is "WIKINUT INTRO SPEECH RELATED"

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