Use Attention Getters

Many speakers may unintentionally leave out an attention getter and jump right into delivering information. Attention getters are used to immediately capture your audience’s attention and make them interested in your topic. This video discusses how to properly use an attention getter to enhance your presentation so that you can be a better public speaker.


· What is the first thing you should do when giving in your speech?

· Why is using an attention getter important?

· What can be used as an attention getter?

· What two things must you consider if you use humor as an attention getter?

· How do you can you establish your credibility early on?


Hi everyone! My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru, and these videos will help you prepare before the speech.

You have information, you have an audience in front of you, and what do you do? The first thing? Get their attention. Attention-getters are such an important part of a presentation so I’m going to devote a little time right now to tell you about them.

The attention-getter is a statement, an anecdote, a narrative, a statistic, a quotation, or something humorous perhaps that starts off your speech or presentation. You can use a number of different sources to get this material, but what you want to consider is this.

First, a lot of people like to use humor when they get people’s attention. That’s good but make sure the humor is 1. tasteful and 2. relevant to the topic at hand. If it’s not tasteful and definitely not connected to the topic, it’s best placed somewhere else.

If you decide to use another attention getter other than humor, maybe a personal narrative, a story, a quote, any type of information that is very shocking to your audience, make sure you have the proper citation. One of the ways speakers lose credibility is that they give information, but don’t have a cite for it.

Be sure to get people’s attention right off the bat.


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