Ditch the Boring Introductions: Start with a Bang πŸ’₯


Hey Reader,

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It was supposed to be a simple task:

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Start my presentation without telling the audience who I am.

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I don't NEED to start with the words 'thanks for inviting me' or by explaining how happy I am to be here.

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It shouldn't be hard.

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I've watched hundreds of TED talks and I know what a captivating start to a presentation looks like.

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I must grab their attention.

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I must make them like me at the beginning.

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But I've never done it before.

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I've never launched right into the presentation.

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I've always started with a thank you, or a summary of who I am.

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The audience needs to know I've got the expertise to talk about my topic. If I don't do this, they won't trust me.

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Right?

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Wrong!

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The best presentations start with a bang.

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But I've always had a title slide. And years of medical school, and hospital teaching taught me that's where you begin.

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I kid you not, for YEARS I couldn't help myself.

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And I know that 90% of the people I coach for their presentations have the same problem.

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People are horrified at the idea of NOT INTRODUCING THEMSELVES to the audience.

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But if you start your presentation with impact then your audience is more like to pay attention.

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Here are 5 simple ways to start your presentation:

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  • A joke
  • A story
  • A quote
  • A statistic
  • A question for them to ask themselves

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And don't take my word for it, here are 3 of the opening lines from the most popular TED talks.

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"The human voice. It's the instrument we all play. It's the most powerful sound in the world."

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"I wanna start by offering you a free, no-tech life hack. And all it requires of you is this: that you change your posture for 2 minutes."

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"I would like to start with testicles. Men who sleep 5 hours at night have significantly smaller testicles than men who sleep 7 hours or more."

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None of them start by explaining who they are.

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And here's the truth about your audience.

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They don't care who you are.

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They care about what you can do for them.

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And if they really care about who you are...

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...they can read the freaking program.

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Or Google you.

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Don't waste precious stage time by taking them through your CV.

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When you do this, 60% of them will be checking their emails by the time you get going.

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And it's the most common problem I see with people I coach.

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You see, we are nervous.

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We want to prove our expertise to the audience.

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We want to share:

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  • where we work
  • what qualifications we have
  • and how happy we are to have been invited to speak.

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But here's the thing.

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The best way to get your audience's attention from the beginning?

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Ditch all of that.

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Get stuck in right away.

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It took me years to learn this lesson.

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See you next week.

P.S. If you're following my progress in getting my NHS Consultant Interview Course ready, it's coming together a treat.

I'm putting my head down in the planning because I know you need fast results. So I want to make sure I squeeze all my tips in.

Most people only get a couple of weeks' notice for their job interviews (gotta love the NHS).

No matter how many people I coach through their interviews (and we are at >50 now) I still get ridiculously excited every time they get offered the job.

Another success this week:

If you're interview prepping then I'll keep you updated on when the Interview Course is ready - just click here to let me know.

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Simply Connect

I help you deliver better presentations and more effective education so you build a solid connection with your audience.

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