Example of a Speech Introduction

In this example of a speech introduction, note how the it is possible to get to the bottom of a sensitive topic like hemorrhoids. Note how it is introduced for a health care speech.

Speech introductions can be straight up, humorous, or prudish for sensitive topics. They could employ anecdotal experience, stories, illustrations, analogies, and play on words. Really, any vehicle that will engage the audience and capture their attention could work for a speech introduction.

The following example of a speech introduction is presented from different approaches.

Remember, some subjects (such as a medical speech topic) could be considered sensitive relative to emotions and empathy of the audience.

Topics could be considered intimate, in that they are related to intimate aspects of our life or a relationship with another.

Then some may be private. Your age is not necessarily intimate information but you may choose to keep it private.

When speaking on any topic that in any way could venture into these areas, due care is required of the presenter.

The speech topic is hemorrhoids. Let’s look at an example of a speech in introduction broken down three ways for a hemorrhoid speech and get started.

Straight Up Example of a Speech Introduction

    Have you ever noticed how some things are such a part of life but we don’t talk about them in normal every day conversation, and I might add, thankfully so. Well… (say it straight forward) hemorrhoids are one of those things.

    If you know what hemorrhoids are and more importantly, if you know the signs and symptoms, you will possibly be able to save a life. This is because some symptoms of life threatening conditions could be confused as being just hemorrhoids.

    Understanding of this sensitive subject and the signs and symptoms can mean the difference between knowing if you need to see a doctor and if you need to visit the emergency room.

    If it is not life threatening and rather life style threatening, then this discussion could show you the options available.

    Then go into body of your speech...

Prudish example of a speech introduction

Have you noticed that some things in life seem to escape common every day discussion. If you will notice on your hand out we will be discussing the un-mentionable H problem today.

If you know the signs and symptoms of the H problem, then you will possibly be able to save a life. This is because some life threatening conditions could be confused as being (slight pause) just the H problem.

Understanding of this sensitive subject and the signs and symptoms can mean the difference between knowing if you need to see a doctor and if you need to visit the emergency room.

It will help you to know if it is a life threatening or a life style threatening condition. If it is the latter, we will discuss the options available.

On to the body of the speech…

Tongue in Cheek Example of a Speech Introduction

Have you ever noticed that two words associated with death, destruction start with the sound “her” like (look like you are having a memory laps) that circular wind thing that wreaks havoc and destruction. (someone in the audience will shout out Hurricane.) Acknowledge and repeat emphasizing HER-a-cane. The other is herbicide.

On the other hand, things associated with pain and misery and especially associated with the female of our species start with the sound M-E-N or the sound of H-I-M. Think of the word menstruation and menopause.

The other word that causes women problems, particularly during their pregnancy starts with H-I-M like Him-orrhoids. It has to make you wonder.

And what are Hemorrhoids? Nothing more than a pain in the (sound as though you are adding this as a side thought) And we’re going to avoid using street language here. Instead we will use the anatomically correct terminology, from (slight pause here) Scranton, PA. They at times can be a pain in the dupa.

(If men are present add) No offense intended gentlemen, I didn’t make the dictionary.

What’s important is having an understanding of this sensitive subject. If you know the signs and symptoms, then you can tell the difference between knowing if you need to see a doctor or if you need to visit the emergency room.

Although we tend not to talk about such aspects of out body, when someone all of a sudden has blood in their stool, they usually will ask a trusted friend. If they have health problems related to that unmentionable part of our body, they will tend to confide in someone.

Unfortunately, the last person they talk to should have been the first.

(Avoid the cliché were going to get to the bottom of...type statements. They are expected and the audience will be delightfully surprised when you don’t use them.)

And there you have an example of a speech introduction broken down three ways. I am not a big fan of humor in speeches. If you use it not expecting to get a laugh and you do, more power to you.

When ever you see an example of a speech introduction that works, study it. Practice your own speech introductions. Test and study them. Study which work and why. Learn why some fail. Make it your goal to master speech introductions.

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