You’re standing in front of an audience, about to begin your presentation. Will your opening grab their attention?
There are lots of techniques, but here's an easy one: Look at your audience and say, “You’re probably thinking ________.”
Then, of course, you need to fill in the blank with what your audience is thinking. It’s not a magic trick, so the answer is probably not “The Ace of Spades.”
Suppose I’m sitting in your audience. There I am, thinking about me. That’s human nature. But then you announce that you’re also thinking about me. That makes me curious: “What are you thinking about what I’m thinking?”
Reading this, you’re probably thinking, “How do I know what my audience is thinking? Half the time, I don’t even know what I’m thinking.”
But it’s not that difficult, especially if you suspect your audience is not thrilled to be there.