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Tips on Making Great Introductions

  1. Ask for a biography rather than a resume.
  2. Beware of canned introductions.
  3. Interview the speaker if possible.
  4. Make sure your introduction answers the questions, “Why this speaker?”
  5. Be upbeat!
  6. Share something personal about the speaker.
  7. Don’t steal the speaker’s thunder or material.
  8. Don’t say, “Our speaker needs no introduction.”
  9. If you are going to use humor, clear it with the speaker first.
I continue to receive rave reviews and as I told Mr. Mason there were people laughing that I did not believe could show so much emotion. Mr. William F. Buckley was thoroughly impressed and has thanked me personally for making his party a success.
Assistant to Mr. Buckley National Review