Toastmaster: Ann Hastings
Speaker: Lisa Lockhart
Evaluator: Hellena Jones-Elbling
At the Speech Craft for Freedom Writers on February 08, 2014
Introducing The Speaker
The purpose of the introduction is to prepare the audience for the speaker.
- Refocus interest from where listeners were before to where the speaker wants them to be;
- Set the tone of the speech and create a positive, friendly environment;
- Build the foundation for the speaker’s talk – why the subject is important and why the audience should find it for interest;
- Establish the speaker’s authority — any experience, expertise, or special knowledge the speaker has in the subject area;
- Establish a bond between the speaker and the audience — what special reason the speaker has for speaking about the chosen topic; and,
- Create a positive, friendly environment — make the speaker feel welcome.
A good introduction is a mini-speech, with an opening, a body, and a conclusion.
Essentials to include:
- The speaker’s name;
- The topic of the speech, including how the speech will benefit the audience; and,
- The title of the speech — usually mentioned at the end of the introduction.
Additions for a Toastmasters manual speech:
- The speech assignment, including the manual, project number and project title;
- The speech objectives — of both the project and the speaker; and,
- The length of the speech — e.g, 3-5 minutes, 5-7 minutes, etc.
The whole introduction should be last 30-45 seconds. Make it short and make it count.
- Speak to the audience: Maintain primary contact until the speaker is introduced;
- Lead the applause as the speaker comes to the lectern;
- Shake hands before relinquishing the lectern; and,
- Show interest throughout the speech especially while in view of the audience.
After the speech:
- Meet the speaker at the lectern;
- Shake hands;
- Lead the applause as the speaker returns to his or her seat or leaves the room.