2) Establish or strengthen the ethos of the speaker
3) Prepare the audience for the speech that will follow
How to create a speech:
Find out as much as you can about the person
Ask the speaker what you might emphasize that would be the most helpful to his speech
Know how to pronounce the speaker’s name
Create respect by magnifying the speaker’s accomplishments
Don’t be too lavish with your praise
Mention achievements that are relevant to the speaker’s message
Be selective in your details!
Which is better?
"Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a real treat tonight. Our guest speaker is a man who has been the driving force behind this project for many years. He is the person who knows the whole history of how we got to where we are today: the stories, the challenges and the little known secrets. Not only that but he's a very entertaining speaker. Please join me in giving a very warm welcome to Stan Smith" .
"Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce our guest speaker Stan Smith. Stan is going to talk about the project, and in particular the factor which he thinks has been the most important to our success: hard work. I agree with Stan. What I think is most important about hard work is that no-one gets anywhere without hard graft. I mean, look at all the training those Olympic gold medallists have to go through. Without further ado then, over to you Stan." .