13 powerful techniques to open your speech or presentation

13 powerful techniques to open your speech or presentation

The first 7 seconds of your speech or presentation is one of the most crucial seconds to grab your audience’s attention. If the opening of your speech or presentation is not interesting, unique or different, then there is a high chance of losing your audience’s attention. So we need to make your opening of speech or presentation as interesting as possible to grip your audience into your spell. Your audience should be thirsty to listen more and more. To capture your audience attention you need to know powerful techniques to open your speech or presentation. 

So here are 13 techniques or tricks to capture your audience’s attention into your mystical spell.

13 Techniques or tricks to open your speech or presentation

1) Imagine. 

“IMAGINE” is a powerful word to capture your audience

It has 3 specific impacts 

  • It’s an subconscious prompt to listen to the next statement
  • You are including the audience as the part of your speech
  • You are taking your audience’s mind for a trip


Topic:  Life
Speech Message: Collect memories in your piggy bank of life not money.

Title: MY. . .piggy bank

Imagine. . .Going back in time and reliving one precious moment of your life. What would that be? Your first cycle? Your first gift? Do you remember the colour of it?. . .

2) Oxymoron 

What is oxymoron?

Oxymorons are contradicting statements. Oxymoron is an amazing technique to capture your audience.

It gives the audience something unexpected. The moment they listen to it, they will pause and wonder, “Did I hear it right?” or “Laugh”


  1. I distinctly remember forgetting that. . .
  2. Thank God, I’m an atheist.

3) Paradox

What is Paradox?

Paradox is a statement which may sound absurd or contradictory but after researching may prove to be well founded or true.


  • Save money by spending it.
  • “I know one thing,” Socrates famously said. “That I know nothing.”

4) Quote 

Starting with a thought provoking quote can also be a good idea. But you need to make sure that quote is relevant to the topic.

Example:  Leadership Seminar

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado,

5) “What if?”  Scenario

You can begin with an “What if . . Questions.


  • What if you could stop time whenever you wanted to?

  • What if we find life on mars and lose life on earth?

6) “Raise your hands “ question

“Raise your hands if you have fallen in love?”

Tip: You can implement body language here 

“How many of you have fallen in love?”  ( You raise your hand while asking this. The audience will respond by raising their hand if the question is relevant to them. You can see this magic of body language happening in front of you.)

7) Silence

Yes, you heard it right. “SILENCE”.

When you are invited on stage. Go to the center of the stage and just be silent for 10 seconds. You will be shocked to notice the entire audience will be waiting for your first sentence. However, use this technique when the audience is not distracted or impatient.

8) Thought provoking statements or phrase


Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled ‘This could change your life”

9) Thought provoking or Compelling question


Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?

10) “Can you or Do You” question

Can you remember a moment when you were frightened?

11) Unusual sound or an act

You can try something different other than the traditional ways to start a speech. But make sure you have the right target audience, so that it works effectively.


12) Prop 

You can also use a prop to make a point or hook your audience

13) Start with a story

Storytelling is a powerful way to start your speech. It hooks the audience at any point.


14) Once upon a time

This is an extension of starting with a story. “ONCE UPON A TIME” this sentence still has its magic to attract the audience.

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