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..
Thanks for your question.
Please answer the following questions. It will help both you and I to understand your talk.
- Who is the audience?
- What is the purpose/goal of the talk?
- Why are you giving the talk?
- 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.