You would think an introduction of a speaker or presenter would be pretty easy. Mention his name, a bit about what he does, what you think, a couple of wise cracks to embarrass him to get a few gratuitous laughs and job done. WRONG!! Work colleagues and friends are famous for this type of introduction. They think they are being funny and getting the audience ready for you but what they are really doing is minimizing your credibility at the speaker or presenter and making themselves look like knuckleheads. The importance of the introduction cannot be minimised. It is crucial and indeed does have a massive impact in preparing the audience for what they are about to hear.
As a speaker, I would ensure I have prepared my own intro and spoken to the introducer to ensure they are clear that they are to read what is provided and NO adlibbing. As an introducer, I would contact the speaker and ask them to provide their own introduction or the key points you need to include. So what makes a great introduction?
1 The Speakers Name
Other relevant information depending on the presentation could include the length of the presentation, if there will be Q&A, when it will be and for how long.
An introduction should be brief and well planned. Don’t try to present too many facts in the short time. Writing a good introduction is only half the job. The other half includes a relaxed professional delivery that creates a friendly link between the speaker and the audience. An introduction should take only 1-2 minutes.
What should NOT be part of an introduction?
These should be avoided at all costs.
An example of a good introduction would incorporate the 4 points above in the following structure.
“Our next speaker is (Speakers name) and their speech topic is (Speech Title)
Remember this is about preparing the audience for the presentation.
If you’re presenting multiple speakers a professional introduction will also include recognition of the previous speaker. A few well-chosen remarks keeping it brief would be appropriate then moving on to your introduction.
Don’t under estimate your importance as the introducer and the role your introduction plays in preparing the audience and setting the scene for a successful presentation.
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In our last episode of Mic’d Up we gave the guys the heads up for Body Language signals to look out for that the lady of your desire was into you as well. Here at Public Speaking Training we are all about gender equality, so as promised ladies, in this week’s episode we going to give you 9 Body Language signals to look out for that indicate your crush is into you. In an age where so much of our important communication is done via text or Facebook Messenger and with so many people scared to admit their feelings face to face it’s important that when we do get the opportunity to spend time with people that we are able to interpret the Body Language signals of the object of our affection.
If he is always smiling around you, it’s a great sign. Smiling is almost always associated with positivity. A smile of just 400th of a second can lift the spirits of the person on the receiving end! You do need to look out genuine smiles as opposed to fake or manufactured ones. Fake smiles can be up to 10 x bigger as the intention is to show off with genuine smiles happening more gradually and in brief bursts. Also, look to see if the eyes are smiling. With genuine smiles, the corners of the eyes will crease and smile lines will be present under the eyes.
It’s always said that imitation is the best form of flattery. We are more attracted to people who mimic us both verbally and non-verbally. Studies also show that people will subconsciously copy their partner’s movements and verbiage to help maintain a certain level of attraction in their relationship. In fact dating sites recommend their readers mimic their crush if they want their crush to be attracted to them. Mimicry also helps increase the level of trust between 2 people. Remember though, the mimicry needs to be subtle!
When we see something or someone we like, our pupils will involuntarily dilate. Studies indicate pupils can dilate up to 3 x the size when looking at someone we find attractive. Look deep into his eyes for they truly are the windows to the soul.
This is a crucial sign as to whether he likes you or not. According to body language experts, if your crush is always walking ahead of you he is probably more into himself than you. If he is attracted to you he will subconsciously match your pace.
A big non-verbal way that we show interest in others is by leaning in towards them. If your guy is always leaning in towards you he is trying to convey that he would like to get closer to you and also testing your reaction. Leaning in indicates interest and complete attention. Leaning in indicates that subconsciously he wants to get closer to you both emotionally and physically.
Where our feet point may not seem important but according to experts the direction our lead foot points to is usually the direction in which we want to go. So even if your crush is talking to another girl but his right foot is pointing to you it means you’re the one he wants! Even if it looks like he’s having a good conversation, in the back of his mind, he’s likely thinking about approaching you. If he’s talking to you and his foot is pointing to the nearest exit he may not be as interested as you would like him to be. The best way to decipher this is to see where his foot points directly after you touch his arm.
We know how nerve racking it can be being in the same room as our crush. Our heart rate increase, we stumble over our words and it’s sometime difficult to calm down but it’s important to remember that our crush might be feeling the same way too. Is he always playing with his pen or fixing his hair around you? Excessive fidgeting could mean he is in to you. It’s harder to gauge this sign if your crush is generally shy but if he goes from confident to nervous in your presence it’s a strong sign he is into you.
Ah… the humble eyebrows, eyebrows are really important for our social interactions. People can tell if we are happy, mad or sad just by the way we move our eyebrows. It’s very common for men to raise their eyebrows when they find a woman interesting and attractive. Eyebrow flashes can sometime only last for a split second so this is one of the signs you need to pay close attention for.
We humans crave connection whether it’s emotional or physical and we all want to feel loved. If your crush is always finding subtle ways to touch you when you hang out, he is definitely into you. He might “accidentally “graze your hand or put his hand in the small of your back to guide you through a crowd. These gestures are strong indicators that he definitely wants to get closer to you. According to research, touch triggers the brain to release Oxytocin also known as the love hormone. If your guy can’t keep touching you it’s because it actually makes him feel good. Of course there is touching and there is touching…. Grabbing your backside is not the same as gently brushing your hair from your face. The Grab could indicate he is not looking for anything too serious.
Well, this should have illuminated many if you. The key thing is to pay attention and take notice. As I have mentioned before, we need to look for repetitive gestures not isolated instances. Good luck on the weekend!
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You’re out somewhere talking to a female. She smiles and laughs at the right time. You think things are going well but you’re just not sure. Sadly you’re oblivious to the body language signals she’s giving you. She is SO into you but you’re clueless you poor bugger!
I can relate to this sad tale….years ago before I started studying Body Language I was also clueless. I needed the woman to walk around with either a sign board or have it tattooed to her forehead that she was interested in me! Given that 93% of our communication is non-verbal and a massive 53% is Body Language, and add to that that many body gestures are involuntary and come about sub consciously, it’s VERY important to be able to notice and then interpret these signs to work out if she’s interested or just being polite.
Well, for you poor blokes still in the dark, in this week’s episode of Mic’d Up I’m going to turn the lights on for you! I’m going to give you “10 Body language Signs That She is Into You”
Often done subconsciously and involuntary, it’s a way she is demonstrating familiarity and trust. This could be through mirroring your body language or your speech elements. Mirroring is also a strong strategy when building report in business and social situation.
Plays With Her Hair
This is usually a strong indicator she is interested. According to psychologists, playing with hair is an example of preening. She is playing with her hair because she wants to look good for you.
Clear and Deliberate Eye Contact
When she is looking at you for 2-3 seconds or more, she likes what she sees! Remember, the eyes are the window to the soul.
She Comes Into Your Personal Space
If she walks to within 4 feet, she has entered your personal field. She WANTS to talk to you. If she comes within 2 feet, she has entered your intimate zone! You have really piqued her interest and whatever you are doing is working a treat!
Flares Her Nostrils
Woman try not to do it and don’t actually mean to do it and certainly don’t want you to notice however this is a tell-tale sign she is comfortable and letting her guard down around you.
Gets You to Pay Attention to Her Lips.
It could be a subtle as grazing her lips with her finger or applying a fresh coat of lipstick (Don’t miss the lip balm!) She wants you to pay attention! This could also include other suggestive parts of her body. This is because she wants you to take notice!
Pointing Her Feet Toward You.
You’re talking and she’s laughing. This is in the bag, right? Wrong! Even though she may appear to be giving you her full attention, her feet may secretly be telling you she would rather be elsewhere. Pay attention to her feet and if they are pointing your way, things are looking good.
Her Pupils Dilate and She Looks Sideways
Most guys, including the old me, are in the habit of making poor eye contact and as a consequence are missing up to 50% of the nonverbal signals women give us. It’s really important to engage in good eye contact so you don’t miss these signs. That doesn’t mean stare!
She Shows You Her Neck
When a woman is flirting her instinct will take over and one of the clearest signs a woman is into you is to present and trust you with one of the most vulnerable parts of her body, her neck. She may emphasise this by pulling her hair to one side or by tilting her head. This is a great sign she wants you a little closer.
She Touches You With Intent
A clear sign you have moved on to the next level is when she ramps up the physical contact. This could be touching your hand, brushing your leg with her foot or hugging your arm if she is cold.
As I have previously mentioned, one of the main rules in interpreting Body Language is never look at gestures in isolation. As many words in the English language have multiple meanings, we can only derive the desired meaning when it’s placed in a sentence. Body Language is the same we need to look for Body Language sentences or what we call clusters. It would be highly unlikely that a women who is interested in you would display on one of the above but be mindful of this.
Equally as important, we need to know the ONE CLEAR sign she is NOT interested in you. This is a massive red flag.
This demonstrates a general disinterest in you and anything you have to say. It could also mean she feels uncomfortable around you. If you get the crossed arms, move on! You have reached the point of no return.
Well, this should have illuminated many if you. The key thing is to pay attention and take notice. Good luck on the weekend!
Oh and ladies, don’t feel left out….. In next week’s episode I’ll give you “The 10 Body Language Signs He Is Into You”. We are all for equality here.
We look forward to your comments and feedback and until next week,
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