The introduction of guest speaker speech was one of the specific speech topics we covered on the Dale Carnegie training course I attended many years back.
In fact there is quite a simple formula for introductory speeches.
Well there are probably a number of good ways to introduce a guest speaker, but here's the one which we were taught.
There are three basic principles:
The final words of your introduction should be the name of the guest speaker. For example, you can finish with "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome Bill Gates".
In your introduction of guest speaker speech, do not give your own speech on the same topic that the guest speaker will be covering.
Instead cover some interesting points about the guest speaker, such as some of their past achievements or credentials.
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Given these three principles let's see how you can put together an introductory speech.
You can start by an upbeat phrase such as "Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a real treat tonight"
Then you can say a few sentences build up the credentials of the speaker in the mind of the audience such as, "Our guest speaker is a man who has been the driving force behind this project for many years".
Then you finish by giving the name of the speaker - on an upbeat note. (Don't just say "So without further ado I'll hand over to Bill Gates".)