Don't Start Your Presentation With…

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Updated: August 12, 2016 2:02 PM

The worst thing you can do to start a presentation is thank people. The meeting organizer. The exec who allowed your audience to attend. Jay, the audio-visual wiz, who set up the equipment….

Blah. Yawn. Game over. You’ve already lost your audience. What they hear in those all-important first few seconds is not you being polite — it’s you being boring. And your audience desperately wants you to be interesting and engaging.

So instead, start with a story. If the first words out of your mouth are, “So I’m standing in line the other day…” you’ll have everyone’s full attention.

(Want to thank your colleagues for helping to make your presentation happen? Nice idea. Send them an email afterward.)

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Robbie Hyman is a professional communications and public affairs writer. He has 15 years’ experience writing for nonprofits, small business and multibillion-dollar international organizations and is available as a freelance writer for federal agencies.

Robbie has written thousands of pages of content, including white papers, speeches, published articles, reports, manuals, newsletters, video scripts, advertisements, technical document and other materials. He is also co-founder of, an online course that teaches smart money habits to teenagers.