For internal or external presentations: Start a presentation with an icebreaker to get the attention of the audience. This icebreaker could be:
- A local hint to the audience: At a keynote at the “Tourismus Konzil Bodensee” I started with an old family picture where we traveled to the Lake Constance area 25 years ago. By the way, my father wore fantastic sunglasses.
- You could make fun of yourself: After the introduction with some warm words of the host of the event (we went to school for 10 years in former days), I started with “Sorry, Sebastian and I had the same English teacher…”
- You could ask a yes/no question to get interaction from the beginning on: “Who knows the problem, that…”
Getting the audience to the point, that they trust you to have a good time is the one and the only thing in the first 2 minutes of each presentation.