One Speech coach's answer: WHAT MAKES A GREAT SPEECH Installment 1 of 15
1. Don't waste time with, "Hello, I'm really honored to be here." Nobody cares, right? You might as well not waste everyone’s time unless you have a compelling answer to the following: “So what? Who cares? What’s in it for me?” Your first and last 30 seconds must be memorable. Start with a bang. Give a startling quote or story. Don't meander when you hit the ground - run!