The secrets of a strong opening can elevate your entire presentation. The opening portion (commonly known as “the opener”) of a talk can be daunting. It sets you up for success and sets the stage for the driving point of your entire talk.

In this episode, Michelle Cushatt and Kathi Lipp employ the use of experience, wisdom, and past mistakes to provide the components of a great opener for every speaker. They communicate in their usual delightful way why the opening is so crucial, tools and techniques for preparing the opening, and the types of opening to use for specific presentations. This episode is a great tool both for the novice or experienced speaker.

Episode Extras:

4 Characteristics of Great Opening

1. Prepared
2. Clear
3. Objective-driven
4. Audience centered

Ken Davis’ Book: Secrets of Dynamic Communication

 

Meet Your Hosts

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

Author, Speaker, Communicator Academy Creator and CEO

Communicator Academy founder, Leverage: The Speaker Conference creator and master instructor Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 16 books including “Clutter Free,” “The Get Yourself Organized Project,” and “The Husband Project.”

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

Kathi’s desire to help fellow speakers and authors avoid the mistakes she made, increase their confidence and be the person God made them to be, inspired her creation of Communicator Academy. The podcast as an extension of Communicator Academy is just another way Kathi wants to serve her audience.

Michele Cushatt

Michele Cushatt

Author, Speaker, Mastermind Coach

As an experiened keynote speaker and emcee, Michele Cushatt’s speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Compassion International, and various retreats, conferences and events held across the country. She has also led radio, video and audio recording projects.

Since 2014, she’s been the co-host of Michael Hyatt’s popular This Is Your Life podcast.

In addition, Michele serves as part of the Dynamic Communicators International leadership team, led by best-selling author and sought-after speaker Ken Davis.
Michele coaches multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.
Michele authored Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life with Zondervan Publishers.
Her second book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, will release January 24, 2017. She will also launch her first Mastermind group in January 2017.

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