Introduction of
Guest Speaker Speech

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".)

To see a sample introduction of guest speaker speech, see our Sample Introductory Speeches page.

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