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Transcript of Communication—Introduction Speeches
You'll be partnered up with someone else from class
THEY will be a featured speaker at some sort of event, speaking on some sort of specific subject.
YOU will be introducing them, as experts on their subject choice, to the audience.
The entire point is establishing THEIR credibility.
Brevity—2-3 minutes MAX. Leave the 'limelight' for the speaker
Formal introductions to establish the speaker's credibility
Express gratitude to the speaker accepting the invitation to speak
Conveying respect—Make the audience receptive to the speaker
Get our attention—make us want to hear about them.
Who is the speaker? What is their background? What are their achievements? What makes them special?
Why should we listen to THEM speak?
Thank the speaker for accepting the invitation to speak
Conclusion: "I now present _____, speaking about _____."
Use an ice breaker or attention getter to make people pay attention to you.
"Have you ever met anyone who has trekked across Mongolia on the back of a goat? Well, if you know Stew Dent, then you do know someone like that!"
"Stew Dent is not only a scholar—he is a genuis and an inspiration from a long line of ballet dancers. But what do we really know about him?"
"When people talk about Stew Dent, they often use words like 'hero' and 'savant'. However, there's a lot more to Stew than meets the eye."
List off some of the important information you learned from your interviews, such as:
Who is the speaker?
What is their background?
What are their achievements?
What makes them special?
Don't use ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING from your interview—only use the material that makes your partner seem smart, cool, interesting, important, and successful. Also, remember: needs to support the topic they're speaking on.
Towards the end of the speech, you will want to thank your partner, who is the main, featured speaker, for agreeing to come and speak. (Of course, they're not actually doing a speech, just the introduction, like you are.)
Remember, you are definitely going to be showing the best side of your partner—even if you are being funny, your audience must think the most of your partner.
2-3 Minutes MAX
For every second you go over 3 minutes, you will lose points.
For every second you go under 2 minutes, you will lose points.
You may use only one side of one notecard
You may not stare at or read off the notecard
At then end, you will hand in your notecard