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How to Start a Speech

One of the first words you should say in a speech, and what are the last words you should say in a speech Now tomorrow, I don’t know how many of you are speaking, but I guarantee if you go to conferences 19 out of 20 speakers will start in one of these ways number one My name is Connor Neal. I’m from tango and this talk is about the latest trend in monitoring strategies Now all of you are sitting with a piece of paper in front of you. That says I’m Connor Neal I’ve come from Ireland, and I’m going to talk about tango 0-4 and this So by repeating what you already know? I’m giving a signal that it’s a time to get your BlackBerry out I’ve just signals that this talk is Opportunity to reconnect with blackberry make sure the office is ok, maybe get some plans together for the weekend Another way to start The lights and some of the mics working and how much time have I got Ok right ok Is it is it plugged in? and You laugh, but I guarantee tomorrow. There’s going to be some moments They get a little bit up And Why because this is for some of you the first time you see this individual. They’re here as a leader in their industry and Your kid at school presenting on giraffes does a better job That’s sad I Think there’s only three ways of starting a speech And it’s the same if you went into a bar and there’s a group of people as a networking event much like you were at before you walked into this room and Maybe I came up to a group There’s group of three people who are having a little conversation. I walk in and I say hi. I’m Connor I’m Irish 38 years old I have an interest in sailing. I like running And they’ve walked away How do you get people to engage with you when you’re networking I Say in networking the best thing you can do is walk up. I think we know someone in common Try and walk away when someone comes up and says that to you Hopefully, you’ve done your research, so you do know that you’ve know someone in common, but with LinkedIn You can find out who knows who on anyone you want? So how to start a speech? first way With a question that matters to the audience How do you phrase a problem that the audience faces in a question So that’d be the third best way of starting a speech The second best way of starting a speech with a factoid that shocks There’s more people alive today than have ever died More people alive today than have ever died There’s a lot of speeches that can follow on from there Every two minutes The energy reaching the earth from the Sun is equivalent to the whole annual usage of humanity All the energy all the cars everything moving all the lighting all the air conditioning of the world in One year is equivalent to two minutes of Sun Does that change how you think about energy So what’s a fact that shocks the audience into rethinking? and Google has transformed your ability to get at these facts Given two or three minutes you can find out one whether anything I’ve said is true But you trust me because I Look the part, and I’m from ESA those are in fact two true facts I Usually get someone come up to me and are you sure but how do they measure dead and alive But it’s true, and it’s not even close But the best way to Start a speech and the way that I hope all of you use from now forward is the same way We start a story to a child Now how do we start a story to a child? And I say oneth once upon a time And what happens when you say once upon a time I can tell you what happens when I say once upon a time my daughter leans forward gets ready to hear engages and We were all trained as kids to know when a story’s coming We also know when a teacher is about to deliver a 40 minute boring lecture that has no impact on our lives But in business You don’t hear him Jack Welsh saying once upon a time Steve Jobs doesn’t heart start his speeches once upon a time, so there’s a grown-up way of saying once upon a time and If you listen to the conversations that are interesting around you at a dinner table in A networking event if you listen to the people that are gathering the group of eight that are listening to them The way they’re talking is different the way they start is different The way you tell stories as an adult is in October was the last time I was in this room there were a hundred and twenty people in the room And I was having a little conversation with one of the world experts on public speaking and he said something to me He said something to me This had me thinking ever since He said something to me that changed What I think about what’s important in speaking? Now I can pause for about 30 seconds two or three minutes, and you want to know what he said So in Speaking in sales, we assume self-interest So if you can tell a story from your own life that Connects you to why this topic is important to you. Why you first joined the company when you first saw someone benefit And you saw how their life was changed, and I think here exploring what quality of life means for you in your business How do you affect quality of life for a customer? Because that’s where the stories that will start to connect you to the audience will come from Because stories are about people They’re not about objects they are not about things. It’s about the people behind the things If you want to tell a good story about Tango don’t talk about the software talk about the people who built the software What they do how they are what’s important to them what they sacrifice? And in your own life What does quality of life mean? What sacrifices have you made to achieve something that was more important and If you can tell stories and the audience connect with those stories then They want to hear what you have to say And all the reasons and all the benefits. They’re all written in the document and in the PowerPoint But they need to trust you And they need to care about you as a person to engage with you and then decide that they will act

David Frank



  1. Success Network Posted on May 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Really love the advice in this video!

  2. PADDYDOYLE Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Ireland is NOT a world leader in these things Conor. You look very old for 38.

  3. trockenfish Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Simply increase the speed to 1.25x. You're welcome.

  4. Gully Bull Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:44 am

    4:13 doesthischangethewayyouthinkaboutenergy.

    Now relate this to the title.

    Nope cannot .

  5. Gully Bull Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:45 am

    my advice – do NOT listen to me talking with my SELF on the TOILET. do do do do do do do do do.

  6. jopageri1964 Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:58 am

    You've heard of TED Talks? That was a DEAD Talk. Worthless rambling. Just open with an intriguing, shocking statement. "The same number of people in this room that will become wealthy within one year is the same number as those that will die before next Easter." (Something like that.)

  7. Rajat Dhameja Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Conor, always a pleasure listening to this video. Thanks

  8. Angus Og Posted on October 17, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Fiddley dee, Potato..

  9. Glenn Napuli Posted on October 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Am I the only one sleepy watching this?

  10. Fred De Palma Fan Posted on October 17, 2019 at 3:59 pm


  11. j b Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    start with a very offensive joke. The End.

  12. hikinenhirvi Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    108 billion people are dead. That fact was wrong.

  13. S K Posted on October 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    At first I was interested but after "there's an adult way to say once upon a time" you lost me. I never heard it because I think I just bored. Sorry.

  14. Just a bird Posted on October 18, 2019 at 3:30 am

    start it by saying "I shouldn't be up here"

  15. BettaLife 2020 Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Camera man got bust at 7mins…

  16. B Robinson Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    All I saw was a love himself narcissist talking about how he thinks his mind numbingly boring speech was better than everyone else’s!

  17. chuck7 Posted on October 18, 2019 at 7:11 am

    What did a Irishman ever invent nothing maybe drink Guinness

  18. george mwamau Posted on October 18, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Learner for today.

  19. george mwamau Posted on October 18, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Leadership is Knowledge.

  20. James Prekeges Posted on October 18, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Totally Wrong. If you start with some funny quotes or a funny story, you'll grab people.

  21. El Norro Posted on October 18, 2019 at 9:51 am

    This video was on autoplay and I got annoyed by his pauses and nonsense talking. I felt like he was deliberately trying to waste my time.

  22. mzischkau Posted on October 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

    didn't watch it all, lost interest

  23. donepearce Posted on October 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    More people are alive than have ever died? I would stand at that point and tell him that the ratio of dead to living is about 15:1. If you are going to start with assertions, try to find some that are right.

  24. Branka Šinko Posted on October 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Ne znam se vratiti na sliku ekrana

  25. nanka2002 Posted on October 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I got bored. did he actually say how to start a speech?

  26. Givingitashot. Posted on October 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Best way to start a speech is with a big long ripper of a fart.

  27. Jorge Fontan Posted on October 19, 2019 at 3:05 am

    The dead vs living thing is a myth its not true.

  28. Mario Gómez Mayorga Posted on October 19, 2019 at 4:37 am

    What I keep from this video is tha he has a tick touching his nose.

  29. Saurabh Kambli Posted on October 19, 2019 at 8:26 am

    So Michael Scott was right all along! "Business Is the Most Personal Thing in the World"

  30. Edward Bliss Posted on October 19, 2019 at 10:17 am

    The correct way to start a speech is by grabbing a tophat and cane, and singing "Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal!" like the dancing frog from Looney Tunes

  31. Alter Kater Posted on October 19, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Im Deutschen startet man eine Rede nicht.

  32. Jock Doubleday Posted on October 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    What Michael Scott should have said.

  33. Aleš Z Posted on October 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I suppose what he says is all wrong since I didn't make it over 3 mins, in fact i first looked at my phone after around 45 secs…

  34. Richard Howe Posted on October 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    "Hello citizens" and "may heaven help us" just my two cents worth!

  35. Arthur Fonzarelli Posted on October 19, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    He started his speech using option #3.

  36. Ms A Posted on October 20, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Raspberry flavoring comes from a beaver's anal gland. So, what kind of health insurance do you have?

  37. Daniel Schwartz Posted on October 20, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Why in the world would anyone take speaking advice from this unbelievably boring nose-picker.

  38. raj shekhar Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:47 am

    the fact that he provided is B.S. about 108 billion people have ever live and currently only 7 billion are alive so the living do not outnumber the the dead in fact only 6% of the ever born people are alive currently.

  39. Callipygian Posted on October 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    wtf am I doint here?

  40. Joe Hall Posted on October 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This guy is boring. The best way is ALWAYS A COMPLIMENT!!!!

  41. Emily Figura Posted on October 20, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    who is hear in 2019

  42. Lee J Rowland Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    How about just being interesting!

  43. Steve D Posted on October 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Goofball in ill-fitting suit being fragmentary and untruthful. Low energy (Thanks Trump) clown! Just what the world needs for "advice." BlackBerry? Fucking hilarious.

  44. jose nunez Posted on October 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    such elementary BS, you pay for this?

  45. Some User Posted on October 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Conor you’re not 38

  46. David Smith Posted on October 21, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Arthur C Clarke suggested there are 30 ghosts behind every living person, so it is a myth that there are more people alive than have ever died in the past since records began by 30 to 1. That is also nonsense regarding the heat of the Sun. He gave a good demonstration of how boring he was. He just does not have the personality to be instantly interesting – which is the very factor missing.

  47. James Patrick Posted on October 21, 2019 at 7:57 am


  48. smr144 Posted on October 21, 2019 at 11:18 am

    BlackBerry?? What's that?

  49. Daniel Beetsma Posted on October 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I value content over form. As an adult, I can muster the patience to wait for the speaker fixing his mic. I believe there are always more than 'three ways' to get things done, most of which I'll never be able to imagine. Also, there's more people in our past than alive today.

  50. B3ast Posted on October 21, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I often tend to find some smart quotes that are relevant to the subject I'm presenting. It seems to work every time like a charm. Just watch Steve Jobs or some other tech presenter presenting their revolutionary product.

  51. DragonofStorm Posted on October 21, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Beginning of Speech ist about motivation and activatin of knowledge of the audicence. It s done about interesting thoughts (classified about where/when they will arise):

    interesting facts (giving thoughts directly)
    cliffhangers (describe thoughts / make them interesting, thoughts you will later give)
    Questions (use the thoughts in the head of the audience)