How do you grab your audience in the first minute? There are different techniques you can use. A great one is the rhetorical question. A question you do not really want the audience to answer but that gets their mind engaged. The right kind of question will immediately draw in your audience. You can also use something that has been in the news or a fun fact to make them sit up and listen. What ever you use as a ‘teaser’ make it different so you have them right at the start!
Check out this speech from Caroline Casey called ‘Looking past Limits’ and see how she uses the rhetorical question, personal disclosure and the shock effect to draw the audience into her story.