The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches

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Instructor: Cathryn Jackson

Cat has taught a variety of subjects, including communications, mathematics, and technology. Cat has a master's degree in education and is currently working on her Ph.D.

You may think that after writing your main points it's okay to just throw together an introduction and a conclusion. Not true! In this lesson, you will learn about the role and importance of writing a strong introduction and conclusion.

Start Strong, End Strong

Think about your first interactions with the people in your life. Do these first impressions still shape your perception of these people today? Many of them probably do, because your first and last impression of a person really influences how you view and think about that particular individual. The same is also true for speeches. Your introduction and conclusion are your tools for capturing the audience's attention and leaving them with a lasting impression.

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of introductions and conclusions. These are important components of your speech that shouldn't be ignored or done halfheartedly.

Importance of Introductions

So let's discuss why an introduction is so important in your speech. Introductions are important because they provide a first impression, establish credibility with your audience, and prepare the audience for the speech's content.

First, the introduction gives your audience the first impression of your speech. This first impression will determine how receptive the audience will be to the rest of your speech. Public speaking is a powerful act. If you want your audience to be receptive to your speech, then it is important to make a good first impression.

Second, the introduction will help you establish credibility for the rest of your speech. A well-rehearsed introduction that grabs the attention of the audience and highlights your knowledge of the topic will help the audience trust you and your speech.

Third, the introduction helps you prepare your audience to hear the rest of the speech. An audience can't re-listen to a live speech the same way a reader can re-read a sentence. Therefore, it is important to preview the main points of your topic and repeat your content several times throughout the speech to help your audience follow the structure of your speech. The introduction is the first step in this repetition process.

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