How can you master interest arousing introductions in a public speaking? Simple, just understand the mechanics.
Bang! Imagine a loud thunderous clap, slamming your eardrums. Hearing such a noise, although not the ultimate of potential interest arousing introductions, it would be the most effective. This is because it will get the attention, only in the wrong way.
Why do things that go go boom cause us to look, listen and reel around to see where they are. Because we tune out the familiar. The unexpected causes us to tune it and listen.
Think about driving by a car accident, tornado or any disaster. Think about when you hear people talking about bad news. Any of these get our attention, at least initially because they are differences from the norm.
It is not different for public speaking introductions or talk introductions. They need to catch peoples attention.
What can you do, short of making a loud boom to get your audience to listen to you? The answer lies in making a boom with the words you use. This can be accomplished with the attention you give to speech introductions.
As much as the conclusion, the introduction relies more on the combined three the pillars of great public speaking than any other part of your speech. Your voice (how you say it), visualization (how you appear to your audience) and verbiage (what you say).
To master interest arousing introductions, learn to master the three pillars of public speaking. Although all three are essential for an effective introduction, the third, verbalization is the most important.
The Three Pillars of Interest Arousing Introductions
The introduction needs to be in a clear voice with tone and intonation that fits the subject. This is the second most important aspect of an introduction. But the voice is only part of the whole. This will be harder to master than the other two pillars. For some, it may require a voice coach and practice.
What the audience sees it the next most important aspect of the speech introduction. Proper dress, grooming, deportment and posture are a given.
Do they see you looking down are you looking at the audience. Your eyes should be fixed on the audience. How do you feel when someone is speaking to you looks away or perhaps is doing something else, after they have engaged you in a conversation. Should your audience feel any different. If you smile, are any smiling back. Do any have their arms crossed. If they see you looking at them, they will know that you have or are trying to connect with them visually.
Use your words to have the greatest potential to silently make the boom that gets the attention of the audience.
Verbalization needs to meet the needs of the audience, the purpose of your talk and engage the mental triggers. There are a number of challenges to accomplish this effectively.
There are a number of challenges to meet in in introduction. Here are two...
Someone sent me a paper in the late 1990’s. It started by saying...Has NASA established the missing day of Joshua? It continued by saying that NASA computers found a missing day. Further research by NASA found that there was actually an additional missing 40 minutes. Of course this is a myth. That is not what is interesting about this. I first heard this 15 years earlier from on older member of my book study group. This also is not what is interesting.
The modern day emergence of this information was five years earlier in 1970. It was actually predated by a book called The Harmony of Science and Scripture by Harry Rimmer. This book was published in 1936 . But wait, the gets better.
In the chapter...Modern Science ad the Long Day of Joshua....the author references a book written in 1890. So here is a urban legend that spurred an urban legend that spurred yet another legend.
Incidentally, a number of references on the web say that NASA said that Hill did work at NASA for a time. Whether or not the information is inaccurate at the time it was written or not, as of 11/22/1970 in a letter sent to the editors of Awake Magazine by Edward Mason, Chief of the center’s Office of Public Affairs said...We know nothing of Mr. Harold Hill and in no way can corroborate the lost day...This was in a printed article in the Awake Magazine.
But that was 1970.
Then just yesterday came the letter...Please Read...I never send these, Bill Gates is giving away all of his money to people who use Internet Explorer on a certain day.
People are skeptical about the truth and the blatant lies sound more believable. It is necessary to get past the spam filters in the brain in order to share a truth.
Always confirm your facts. These predate the internet.
Attention Mechanics and Interest Arousing Introductions
To overcome these, you need to use attention mechanics. What are attention mechanics you ask?
If you stopped here or if this caught your eye, then the attention mechanics worked, at least for this part of what you are reading. Attention mechanics work the same way for interest arousing introductions.
Imagine sitting in your seat on a Jet, getting ready to take off. Having been flying for over 30 years now, for me, it is easy to tune out the flight attendant because they say the same thing.
That was, until 2004 when legendary host Karen Wood first used attention mechanics.
Imagine her saying....And as the song goes, there might be fifty ways to leave your lover, but there are only six ways to leave this aircraft: two forward exit doors, two over-wing removable window exits, and two aft exit doors. The location of each exit is clearly marked with signs overhead, as well as red and white disco lights along the floor of the isle. Made ya look!
Please check at this time to make sure your seat belts are securely fastened, seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright and most uncomfortable position...
Check out What Karen Wood Said on South West Airlines as recorded by one passenger.
In psychology there are a number of ways to refer to this. It could be called cognitive dissonance or it could be called shifting the schema. For public speakers, it is simply interest arousing introductions.
Schema: (pronounced skee-ma) by the way, is the mental structure or representation of the world as seen by anyone in a group. It consists of an organization of concepts. Often times, by disrupting the schema, it is possible to get the attention of the listener.
How Interest Arousing Introductions Work
Think of it in more simple terms. Our brain is like a forest of neuron trees. No, it is more like a jungle in Africa. If you have ever seen a jungle movie or been in a jungle (or deep in the woods), you will notice trails everywhere. These trails are the pathways animals use. They are made by the animals using them.
Our brain works the same way. We have fixed trails or thought patterns. When everything is the same as it always is, the thought processes just travel down the path that has been worn in by previous thoughts. The more thoughts, the better the connection or like the jungle, the bigger the path way.
But suppose a tree log falls across one of the pathways. Upon coming upon the fallen tree across the trail in the jungle, you are faced with a decision. Go over, under or around. And thus a new path is created.
Regardless of your choice, you had to stop and make a choice.
When you use attention mechanics, you are throwing a log across the common every day way that thoughts travel up and down the jungle like neurons in the brain. If you are using that log to create interest arousing introductions, you have entered the world of dynamic public speaking.
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