For the first 8 minutes, you be vulnerable before you ask them to be vulnerable.
The higher you go in an organization the more enticing your opening has to be.
Take a moment to look at your audience before you even say a word. Most presenters rush into the beginning of their presentation without pausing, catching their breath, establishing a connection with their audience, or giving them the opportunity to focus on you and your message. Breathe, take your time. What you have to say is important.
An “ice-breaker” is not the same as your opening. It should be done after your opening.
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