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I received this question from sonya last Saturday and thought it would be a good idea to start sharing my answers as blog posts.

Hope you find this helpful, too.

Here is the question:

hi.. Carl.. I am going to talk about a poem cycle of a russian poet.. Plz help mw with the introductory part..

My reply:

Hi sonya,

Thanks for your question.

Please answer the following questions. It will help both you and I to understand your talk.

  1. Who is the audience?
  2. What is the purpose/goal of the talk?
  3. Why are you giving the talk?
  4. Why should the audience care about your talk?

If you can answer these questions, you will have a better understanding of how to do the introduction. Your introduction should get the attention of your audience and help you fulfil the talk’s purpose.

Hope that helps.