Article Category: Flashback Friday

How to Introduce a Speaker: 16 Essential Tips for Success (Flashback Friday #9)

On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.

Today’s Flashback Article

This week, we’re headed back to October 2010, when we gave 16 tips for introducing a speaker.

Have you ever been subjected to a terrible introduction? It’s not pretty.

  • I’ve been the punchline in a joke.
  • I’ve had my central argument challenged before I said a word.
  • I’ve had my topic forgotten several times.
  • I’ve had my last name mispronounced more times than I can count. (It is “DLOO-gan”)

None of these introducers intended to start me off with negative momentum, but they did. For all of them and for all speakers everywhere who deserve a positive introduction, I hope today’s flashback article helps.

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  1. I think it is good to start with the joke. It makes the atmosphere.

  2. Enzo says:

    Being able to introduce someone properly is one of those skills who seem rather unsubstantial, but can easily make a presentation an enjoyable experience (both for the presenter and the audience).

    Good post! 🙂

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