All too often, speakers open a presentation by stating their name or speech topic. While these are useful elements in a speech introduction, they shouldn’t come first.

In this video clip, Spoken with Authority workshop facilitator Dr. Jean Miller describes in a recent live program at The University Club of Washington, D.C., the five elements of a successful speech introduction and the order to present them for maximum impact.

The first minute or two of a speech can make or break an entire presentation. By following Dr. Miller’s advice on the five elements of your speech introduction, you will have a solid start to build on in the body and conclusion of your talk.