Dominic from https://inflow.global here with two simple ideas about how to start your pitch or presentation.
#1. Dispense with the niceties!
Too may people start their presentations and speeches with boring small talk. If you want to get your audience off their iPhones and Blackberries you need to grab their attention, so dispense with all the niceties and get them to engage with what you are saying straight away.
#2. Start with a bang!
Do something a little bit different when you start your speech. I don’t mean anything crazy, so no big stunts! What I mean is start with something that captures the imagination. Start with a fact, with a figure, with a quote, with a story, maybe a bit of video or a bit of music; something that’s going to really get them engaged. You want people to realise that you have started and for them to start paying you the attention you deserve.
I’d love to hear how you get on, so please share your comments with me in the box below.