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http://www.conorneill.com What are the first words of a speech? What should be the first sentence of a speech? How can you engage an audience from the first moment? There are 3 ways to start a speech.
Another crucial point is to get your facts right. He said there are more people alive today than have ever lived. In fact, "we are nowhere near close to having more alive than dead. In fact, there are 15 dead people for every person living. We surpassed seven billion dead way back between 8000BC and AD1." Ooops!!
@Ford St Clair Conor didn't deserve the time you spent on your comment. The next time a speaker looks like a dlckhead the way Conor does, I'm just gonna pass. I came to *loathe* Conor for wasting my time with his bullshlt.
I start a speech by: checking the venue, checking any slides I have, doing a sound check (before the audience comes in), chatting with the AV operator to make sure we are in synch and he/she knows my lead in. One talk I went to had the national president of an industry group talking to a bunch of politicians. Her opening? [looks at slide on screen, rather than audience] "these slides are the wrong ones..." You can see where that speech went!
Interesting provocation + debate generated over his example of how to introduce a speech with , he says --> "... more people are alive today than have ever died."
|| He didn't actually say that was an indisputable fact at all. He suggested offering a "... factoid that shocks".
Q. Do the dead outnumber the living? + how do you calculate how many have ever lived, and where do you start?
--> "According to the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC, the normal starting point is when Homo sapiens first walked the earth, about 50,000 years ago."
[rather than going back to hundreds of thousands of years) -- based upon this timeline - it may seem completely plausible.
"So what are the figures? There are currently seven billion people alive today and the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived.
This means that we are nowhere near close to having more alive than dead. In fact, there are 15 dead people for every person living. We surpassed seven billion dead way back between 8000BC and AD1." -- source: article: "Do the dead outnumber the living?"By Wesley Stephenson. BBC News || LINK: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16870579
For the purposes of his lecture on how to begin a speech - I'm not entirely sure he meant for this "factoid" to be a hard fact -- so much as provocation + attention grabber, to get audience aroused and thinking. It certainly got everyone commenting here busy didn't it?
Nice talk - but you are wrong about the population claim. Best estimate is that since 50,000BC around 110bn people have been born (many did not make it past childhood) - that includes the current 9bn people on the planet - so for every person alive, there are 10 ghosts standing behind them.
Why do you say more people alive than dead? That is not true and you make such a point to say it is true? Why? You really believe that? I think not....... I think you hate the human race. I think you hate children. Prove me wrong.
How to start a speech first off just be yourself do not try to be someone you are not , people listen to you if you can be yourself and feel comfortable being who you are .
I can start a conversation no problem and make people feel comfortable staying and listening to what I have to say .
I can make people feel good and make them laugh and it is all by being myself and that gets peoples attention .
"Erace Uneveh" is that Gaelic? Because it is strangely Latin sounding and it hit my ear and I understood it. My first language was Portuguese (a latin language). It literally means "It happened one time".
U.N. predicts the world population will stabilize at 10 billion inhabitants sometime after 2200. At this rate, the living will never outnumber the dead, so this is not a true fact! a blackberry moment caused by incorrect information and losing half an audience to fact checking, and them learning the fact is actually not a fact.
it's nonsense that more people are alive today than have ever lived... there have likely been hundreds of billions of people born onto this planet since our type of hominids transformed into homosapien /neanderthal people. He is a great speaker though.
As Head Dean of students and Union Chapter leader, I was asked to address an audience of parents, colleagues, administration, and Board of Ed officials after 9/11. (So, have I piqued your curiosity? Do you want to read more?) I had no prepared remarks; it would be totally off the top of my head. So, how to start my speech? and how to close the speech? I knew my speech had to be short and sweet. Well, I started by thanking the parents for attending the meeting, thus assuring them that they were important. I praised the staff for their efforts during the 9/11 crisis -- never making it about me. I closed with a simple observation, one with which the parents could relate, because they had the most invested in the school. I said, "I am proud to tell you that not one child from our school was hurt on that horrific day. Thank you." This was not a feigned remark, but something the parents wanted to hear. Surprisingly to me, it resulted in a standing ovation. Go figure.
Thank you for your sentiment. I was amazed by the reception of my impromptu speech. Given confidence, I believe, one can deliver a speech without dread. Our school, our staff, and, most importantly, our students were in the thick of things, especially when the South Tower came down with debris rumbling towards us only a few short blocks away. Thanks to Army training I kept my cool!
As a scientist and a scholar, if you open a speech with "there's more people alive today than have died" you are "giving me a signal that it's a time to get my Android out" to verify that "fact".
If, like with this statement I find it to be incorrect and you are trying to sell me something, I will NEVER buy from you! You have shown me that you are at best ill informed and at worst a liar! Either way I cannot trust you and I don't buy from people I can't trust EVER.
If you are trying to teach me something I will switch off because you have shown me you are ill informed. I can't trust your opening fact so why should I trust the rest of your speech.
I agree that opening with a factoid is a good way to start a speech, just make sure that it is true and verifiable.
BBC News - Do the dead outnumber the living?
This has so many views! No doubt people want to learn more about public speaking. He could make it more succinct by telling the audience a story they can connect with along with your own. His speech was difficult to watch and uninspiring. He clearly assumes the audience wants to hear. Sorry, but I did not find it even to be a fair speech and have heard better in class, totally honest.
And here we are again. Same curriculum I'm writing, this time it's a lesson on how to learn out loud (present their learning experiences to others). Would you allow me to use some of this video for the 4th-12th grade curriculum I'm creating? :)
I am glad that I don't have to attend this kind of conference and I am glad that I don't have to listen to people talk about sales projections for corporate world of scaffolding units in West Yorkshire. If I did I would begin my speech by immolating myself in an attempt to condense the presentation into the most entertaining subset of appropriate meaningful data to maintain the concentration of what would be a hyper focused audience.
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Performance of A-shares.
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Current Dividend Preference.
Participating Preferred Stock.
Convertible Preferred Stock.
Cumulative preferred stock includes a provision that requires the company to pay preferred shareholders all dividends, including those that were omitted in the past, before the common shareholders are able to receive their dividend payments.
Non-cumulative preferred stock does not issue any omitted or unpaid dividends. If the company chooses not to pay dividends in any given year, the shareholders of the non-cumulative preferred stock have no right or power to claim such forgone dividends at any time in the future.
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Significance to Investors.