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How to Start a Speech

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I have been teaching Persuasive Communications on MBA courses at IESE Business School for 10 years. This is part of a collection of short lessons compiled from my courses and shared for use both as a support to my classes, and a way of sharing this valuable knowledge to a wider audience via these awesome digital tools 😉

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http://www.conorneill.com What are the first words of a speech? What should be the first sentence of a speech? How can you engage an audience from the first moment? There are 3 ways to start a speech.


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  1. As a prof who taught public speaking for a few years, this is one presentation I'd have students view! Salient 3 points as I continue to be a speaker. Thank you Conor

  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16870579 theres been about 107 billion humans so dead: alive is 15:1. so dont know what he's talking about

  3. Jesus christ. You spoke much but said nothing!
    Did you get paid for that? If you did, whomever were your paymasters were certainly 'Tangoed'.

  4. amazing! his diction and pauses when he speaks are perfections.

  5. You already making difference in my life.
    I am currently in Chicago. I am willing to volunteer for arranging and logistics for events of great speakers like you.
    Thank you very for sharing wisdom of public speaking with world.

  6. 107 billion have ever lived.

  7. Maybe he should quit picking his nose so often.

  8. I m practice your speech in my college they r speech composed your speech and I m first

  9. very good about your speech mrs

  10. You can say all that in 1 minute!

  11. Thanks mr.conor neill , because of your way to start a speech helped me in becoming the junior sports captain of my school

  12. I want to give a motivational speech,to pple who give up n always think they cannot do it it's impossible for em.I wanna prove them wrong n give a speech about it,just to motivate them n never stop what u do never give up,if any obstacles come on way they have to face it n face all d difficulties,and prove pple wrong and show em that they r better than dem.I hope my audience would like it,bcoz dis is my first time giving a speech in my school.Wish me luck

  13. you are a really good teacher

  14. he is so confident on his speech i learned somethings form his speech.

  15. While the video is great the "fact" that more people were alive today than have ever died is wrong. Please see https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-living-outnumber-dead/

  16. Very enlightening. I can understand in simple terms.Thank you Conor for making my project much simpler.

  17. waooooooow i love this man

  18. body language is very importent too
    just rub your nose every 10 seconds!!

  19. I wanna have a friend to help me which improve my "English Speaking" .

    my Email:shahzad.olfat100@gmail.com

    #Thank u

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