How To Open and Close A Talk

by Stanford Graduate School of Business
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If our first few sentences out of our mouth do not capture our audience's attention, we will have probably lost them. Keep in mind that we have 10 seconds to make a good first impression. It sets the tone for the rest of the talk. Again, conclusion is no less important than the opening of a talk. Your conclusion should contain your central message. So let’s follow the tips below to start and end your speech in a great way.

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Open your talk with a story.

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Open your talk with a story.

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Do not use overused quotes.

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Start with a question.

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Incorporate one of the above elements into your talk.

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End with hope for a better future.

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Sell the benefits to your audience.

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Use easy and simple calls to action words.

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