• “Kursen var mycket trevlig, lärorik, användbar och viktig…”

    – Ulrike Frank, Sr. Scientific Officer, Swedish Chemical Agency


  • “Ruben is a highly skilled and insightful negotiator, who understands the fabric and dynamics of negotiations.”

    – Rasmus Clausen, Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Defence.

  • “StIPS tailored it’s lectures to our audience of dynamic, young professionals with murderous time constraints. We couldn’t be happier with the results. ”

    Boris Ajeganov, Public relations officer, Stockholm Association of International Affairs

  • “This knowledge helped me to give several successful presentations and I will use these skills throughout my whole life.Thank you.”

    – Rebecca Demonkos, CEMS Graduate Handelshögskolan / SSE

  • “You get very practical tools that you can use in your everyday life. I recommend this lecture to everyone that has to hold a meeting or a presentation.” 

    – Elisa Magnusson, Utbildningsledare Folkuniversitetet Stockholm

A strong opening

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.