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Good Attention Getters for Speeches

Updated on October 31, 2016
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Grabbing the Reader's Attention in Persuasive Speeches

Do you want to catch the audience's attention in an instant?

Maybe a magic word to make everyone listen attentively to every single word that follows?

You must be able to capture the listener's attention with an effective attention getter in the first few seconds of your speech. Good attention getters for speeches do just that! There are different types. Below are some of the best examples you can use to start off with. Whether you are doing a persuasive or an informative speech, these are all great.

1. Give a Bold Statement

"I have a dream!"

These are considered the most famous words in the world of public speaking, spoken by Martin Luther King. Instantly, from the energy and passion used to say a catch phrase, your listeners will become enticed.

  • Give a bold statement, and your listeners will be eager to see how you back up such a bold statement in the rest of your speech. For example: "Anyone can get big biceps fast!!"

2. Tell a Story

By starting off with an interesting story, your audience will want to know what happened next, and how things play out. For example, you can say things like:

  • "Just as I thought, the boy did exactly what we said . . ."

Everyone will want to know what the boy did and what was it that you said

  • "Everything was calm, and then suddenly a shadow approached . . ."

Who did the shadow belong to? Are you in danger? Guide them through your story so they are constantly on the edge of their seats eager to learn what happens next. You could make up one or use a real life example, such as a holiday the previous summer or something funny that happened to you last week.

3. Funny Attention Getters

Laughing is a sign that people are happy and interested in what you are saying. This can be a make or break for your speech whether you are in front of the class, or on top of the stage. However, if you are able to trick people into laughing, you are essentially tricking their mind into thinking that they are actually interested in your speech. In this case, you would have successfully gotten their attention. This is how funny speech introductions can be useful, and I will give you an example below.

  • Start your speech off with a funny speech introduction. The perfect example would be something that the class is able to understand, such as an inside joke. If you know the teacher has a tendency to misspell words, you can have a lighthearted, funny joke to start with. For example, "Would it not be nice if Mr. Johns couldn't spell the word "outrageous?" That would be outrageous!" Not only would you get the attention of the class, but you are guaranteed to have got the attention of the teacher who is the main judge and the one giving you the mark!

4. Help the Audience Understand With Examples

Starting off informative speeches is crucial. You need to ensure that not only do you have the listeners' attention, but you need to make sure that they understand what you are trying to explain. Therefore, examples are very useful.

Use comparing adjectives, like similes or metaphors, to help them understand what you are saying. Relate your topic to your audience. Most of the audience won't be interested in the employment policies, but they could be more interested in how these policies will affect every single one of them personally. You could use everyday items such as: "Even warmer than a sheepskin jacket," or "More versatile than even the best pots and pans."

Ask yourself, would you be more interested if someone else you would never meet could win lotto, or if you could win lotto?

5. Your Delivery

Be enthusiastic in the way you deliver your killer and attention-grabbing lines. Don't mumble or say it without any energy, or else the audience will receive it without any enthusiasm either. Use your voice smartly, vary your tone, and start of with a bang.

You could even yell the first sentence! Instantly, everyone's neck will snap to your attention and see what in the world is going on. Whatever you do, just don't deliver your speech the same way as all the other speakers, or else you will be just that — the same as all the other speakers.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      got some great ideas out of this, thank you!

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      this helped thanks