How to Start a Speech

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

100 thoughts on “How to Start a Speech

  1. what Conor didn't tell you is that he kissed the "Blarney stone" maybe you want to google that and he is also a good Irish fisherman because he got us all on his hook!

  2. Interesting provocation + debate generated over his example of how to introduce a speech with , he says –> "… more people are alive today than have ever died."
    || He didn't actually say that was an indisputable fact at all. He suggested offering a "… factoid that shocks".
    Q. Do the dead outnumber the living? + how do you calculate how many have ever lived, and where do you start?
    –> "According to the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC, the normal starting point is when Homo sapiens first walked the earth, about 50,000 years ago."
    [rather than going back to hundreds of thousands of years) — based upon this timeline – it may seem completely plausible.
    "So what are the figures? There are currently seven billion people alive today and the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived.
    This means that we are nowhere near close to having more alive than dead. In fact, there are 15 dead people for every person living. We surpassed seven billion dead way back between 8000BC and AD1." — source: article: "Do the dead outnumber the living?"By Wesley Stephenson. BBC News || LINK:

    For the purposes of his lecture on how to begin a speech – I'm not entirely sure he meant for this "factoid" to be a hard fact — so much as provocation + attention grabber, to get audience aroused and thinking. It certainly got everyone commenting here busy didn't it?

  3. I start a speech by: checking the venue, checking any slides I have, doing a sound check (before the audience comes in), chatting with the AV operator to make sure we are in synch and he/she knows my lead in. One talk I went to had the national president of an industry group talking to a bunch of politicians. Her opening? [looks at slide on screen, rather than audience] "these slides are the wrong ones…" You can see where that speech went!

  4. He's wrong. 9 out of ten people who've ever lived are dead. OR.. only 10% of the people who've ever lived are alive today.
    I think he's got it the wrong way round.

  5. Living outnumber dead is dead wrong.

  6. Here's some additional advice: (1) don't give out incorrect information (there have been over 100 billion people born and only a small fraction of these are alive today); and (2) get to the point (it took him almost 9 minutes to get to his simple point of how to start a speech).

  7. This guy is painfully boring. He could give a speech about how he's going to give me free money and I would tune him out.

  8. [Belches Obscenely] I'll give you a speech idea, start off with an offensive joke. So three girls enter a Brothel and …

  9. This dude is the master of fluff. He looked up a video on how to keep an audience hooked, and ticked all of the boxes. Not a lot of content here.

  10. i am listning this in 2019…and when you said Blackberry…it just reminded me of a bygone era…haha..very imformative

  11. Other viewers have debunked his two factoids regarding population growth and solar energy. I'm now doubting his assertion 19 out of 20 start their speech by introducing themselves…

  12. The "fact" about that there are more people alive today than have every lived is no where near true. Not even close, nor has it ever been. I have hear this "fact" many times, here is a short video about some population facts on this exact subject.

  13. He started with a wrong factoid that is a known urban legend. Way to open a talk and burn your credibility in the first few seconds. He even repeats that this is a "true fact" and he can be trusted. Yet about 110 billion people have ever lived while today's population is close to 7 billion.

  14. What a grand waste of my time that was.
    He took the piss out of people with how they start speeches and what he said was just so empty.

  15. What a grand waste of my time that was.
    He took the piss out of people with how they start speeches and what he said was just so empty.

  16. This man is like a teacher /lecturer….they know everything but yet are protected in their cushy jobs being over paid
    and underworked.If this guy is so good at telling us all what to do ,why is he not doing it instead of teaching it.
    The world is full of bullshiters and bluffers today.Easy option everytime.Sling your hook mate……….dip your
    lazy toe in the real world for a change.

  17. This guy put me to sleep at the 4:15 mark. I had college professors that were more electric. More amazing than anything…10 million plus views.

  18. There's a big difference between Trump colluding with Russia (proactively seeking help, cooperating, making leading moves to give information to & seeking contacts with) but there not being enough evidence because evidence that might show this was destroyed by Rick Gates and others. Trump's associates lied repeatedly to protect him and the operation. Why do you think all the convictions came out of the Mueller Investigation? I think the above fellow asks some good questions, but he needs to go further and deeper into why the Trump Admin. was so actively seeking contacts and information from the Russians, who did the communications and why. What about Trump saying out loud in a speech that now would be a good time for Russia to hack Democratic emails and then the Russians doing it 5 hours later– is that not collusion? Ha ha. Are you kidding? Why were Trump & Co. playing footsie with a foreign power to influence an American election? The difference between someone doing something and then investigators being able to prove he/she did it is a fundamental difference here. You can't say Trump and his associates didn't collude when you don't know that definitively, can you? Why is Trump now refusing to seriously criticize Russia and make efforts to protect our election system? Do you not believe in our democratic system but agree to and act more to support Russia and Trump? Why won't Mitch McConnell even allow legislation to be considered on the Senate floor to protect the integrity of our election system, something that Republicans have bragged about for decades and claim that it separated us from tyrants and dictatorships worldwide. Is Trump now becoming an American dictator? Is the fellow making this short video concerned about that? If so, good. If not, why not? The simple truth is that Trump is down in the polls and knows he needs to cheat and that the Russians are primarily trying to help him–and were obviously trying to help Trump in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump needs their help along with traditional Republican election shenanigans and destroying millions of provisional ballots and also through eliminating 100,000s of mostly minority registrations in key states. Did you know this has been going on in elections? The Republicans have been using various vote 'stealing' (that is, wiping out legit Democratic voter registrations, not counting ballots cast by legitimate voters, etc.) for elections stretching back to 2000. See Clint Curtis' stunning revelations at Don't be duped–see how our vaunted election system is being destroyed by Republican subterfuge and hostile, treasonous acts by the likes of Trump & friends.

  19. "There are more people alive today than have ever died".

    Nope, there aren't. And that's not even close.

  20. 105 billion births since the dawn of the human race… Current world population 7.3 billion… That means 98 billion have already died & only 7.3 billion alive today… Aside from his bogus fact sharing inspite of others questioning his "fact" after every speach according to him, he still hasn't looked it up. His advice was as shallow as could be and here I am commenting on his video giving his channel more engagement. : (

  21. Most interesting to me is how do you avoid having the lapels of your suit jacket pucker up like this guy's. A few of my jackets do that. Any thoughts?

  22. You can save the first 5 minutes, which says nothing. After listening for a while, you can turn off; because he doesn't say how to a speech closes.

  23. Conor, yes you are a great speaker. A friendly and likable personality, A comfortable speaking rhythm , not rushed. BUT you have the nervous habit of CONSTANTLY touching your nose. Maybe nerves?, Maybe simply an itch in your nose you can't get to in public but nonetheless very distracting. STOP touching your nose and you will be an even better speaker than you already are. Hope this helps.

  24. His bizarre fact about more people living now than has every lived is just simply bullshit in the highest order. Around 100 billion people have died and 7 bllion are alive. For every alive person today 15 have died………………… FACT

  25. Start with a factoid, like there's more people alive today than have ever died! Not so according to PRB. It says here ( that "β€œModern” Homo sapiens (that is, people who were roughly like we are now) first walked the Earth about 50,000 years ago. Since then, more than 108 billion members of our species have ever been born, according to estimates by Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Given the current global population of about 7.5 billion (based on our most recent estimate as of mid-2017), that means those of us currently alive represent about 7 percent of the total number of humans who have ever lived".
    So in fact the people that died are much more than the people alive today!

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  27. Yeah… Start your speech with plain wrong facts. Good way to attract attention… and look stupid to people with half a brain.

  28. He encourages everyone to start a speech with a story, but he didn't even start his own speech with a story πŸ˜‰

  29. I was so on-board with this video until I Googled the dead vs living thing, and realised that this guy has no interest in facts. He then says the audience trusts him – more fool them.

  30. SHOCKING TRUTH: more people have watched this video than have ever lived… or something… I dunno, cba checking my facts.

  31. AFTER some research: 7.7 Billion of people living on earth but 108 billion of people who died up to now. yes shocked because it's a wrong claim….

  32. He’s wrong. There are NOT more people alive than have ever died. Recent calculations have determined that about 6% of people that ever lived are alive today. So 7billion of about 115 billion.

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