Start a presentation like Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey's early goal in his Monday, June 16, 2014 game against Ghana (USA vs. Ghana), set the tone for the rest of the game. Even as Ghana held possession for 62% of the match. There is power in a great start.

In presentations, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression.

Most presenters begin their talks by introducing themselves. This moment is often a shy, low-energy phase that can lull the audience into the usual presenter-audience dance. It's not terrible, but it represents a missed, easily forgotten opportunity.

We recommend a more muscular approach; begin with a grabber. A grabber is a:

  • Question

  • Fact

  • Event

  • Piece of Data

  • Story

  • Quote

Specifically, a grabber should:

  • Attract the audience’s attention
  • Support your objective

Start with a grabber. Use an image, a statement or a blank slide to support it. Grabbers are best delivered by the presenter with few other elements on screen to distract the audience.

Dempsey's grabber helped win the game – What will yours do?

Alex Charner

Cranford, NJ, United States

As Training and Design Consultant, Alex is responsible for designing and refining programs, as well as, delivering training to professionals and new trainers.

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