If your role is a speech evaluator, you will also introduce the speaker.
You need to contact the speaker beforehand to find out details of the speech and ideally some personal information to share.
Introducing a speaker is one of the shortest speeches you'll give in Toastmasters, but still an important responsibility. The purpose of an introduction is to introduce the speaker to the audience, and the audience to the speaker, so you establish a common bond between them. It's a mini-speech between 1 and 2 minutes long - but it contains all the elements of a full speech - an opening, a body and a conclusion.
The opening should grab the audience attention.
The body of your introduction should cover the person, the project and the speech. Learning something about the speaker helps the audience warm towards him/her - in turn the speaker senses the empathy and begins the speech with more confidence. You can give some background on the speaker's experience, qualifications or special interest in the topic. Generally this will require you to contact the speaker in advance.
Learning about the project objectives helps the audience know what the speaker is trying to achieve and to give relevant feedback. A summary of the speech timing and objectives can be found in EasySpeak agenda beneath the speech titile as shown in the screenshot below. You can find a more detail on the objective in EasySpeak by clicking on the edit button for the speech. This will bring up the window shown on the right had side of the screenshot. You can then click on "Workbook / Speech" to see a list of the speeches in that work book. There is a question mark shown beside each speech. Clicking on that question mark will bring up the more detai about the project. Further screenshots for this are shown at the bottom of the page.
In covering the speech topic you want to convey why it is relevant to the audience and how they will gain from listening to it. Sometimes speakers will add information about their speech introduction under the box for "Speech Introduction (For Toasmaster)" - see screenshot above.
The conclusion aims to pique the audiences interest and pave the way to the speaker.
Finally, welcome the speaker and lead the applause - indicate for the speaker to approach, step back and lead the applause, welcome the speaker with a handshake or some other form of acknowledgement, wait for acknowledgement from the speaker, then leave the speaking area and sit down
For further information on introductions:
When viewing the agenda on a computer, tablet or phone you should see similar to the screenshot below for speeches. This shows the speakers name, their speech title (if the speaker has filled it in), the manual they are doing, the project number, the project title and the timing. Below these items it gives a brief summary of the objectives and the start of their introduction (if the speaker has filled it in). On the left hand side you can see the previous 3 members who have evaluated that speaker. You can get more information on the introduction and speech objectives by clicking on the edit button next to the speech title.
If you click on the edit button next to the speech title another window will appear like the screenshot below. This shows the speech title and workbook details, and more importantly will give you the full introduction information (if the speaker has entered it)
To get more detail on the speech objectives click on the "Workbook / Speech" tab. This should show all the projects in the manual like in the screenshot below. There is a question mark next to each project and clicking that provides more information.
Clicking the question mark next the manual project should bring up the full speech objectives as shown in the screenshot below. This generally provides all the manual information you need for the introduction and saves the need to refer to a manual. This is particularly helpful for advanced manual speech evaluations where you may not have a copy of the manual yourself to refer to.
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