Five of the best tips when introducing a speaker to an audience
The role of the introducer is to arouse the listeners’ interest so they will direct their attention to the speaker and the topic.
By mentioning specific interests you can create an atmosphere which makes the audience more receptive and the speaker more stimulated and focused.
1. Before the event ask the speaker to supply some background notes about themselves
Use these notes to prepare your introduction, and ensure you get the facts correct.
Tell the speaker, well in advance of the event, how much time is available for the talk, who the audience will be and the numbers you are expecting.
2. On the day go to the front so you can be seen and heard by all the audience
Use a microphone if necessary.
Remind the speaker and the audience how much time is available for the speech.
3. Keep the introduction brief
Refrain from ‘stealing’ any of the content of the speaker’s speech or giving your views on the speaker’s topic.
4. Tell the audience why the speaker is qualified to speak on the subject
Mention the speaker’s background and qualifications.
5. Lead the applause
Your last task before you sit down is to repeat the speaker’s name clearly and to lead the applause to welcome them.
“A good introduction gets a speaker off to a strong start.”