The Introduction is an important part of a speech. In here, the listeners develop their first impression towards the speaker. This is a crucial part since delivering the introduction also means convincing the audiences to listen. The speaker needs to set the listeners in a way that they will become interested on what he or she said; thus gaining their attention and interest to listen attentively.
The introduction or Exordium has three main points; first is to prepare the audience and to listen to the discussion ahead, second is to make the audience interested in the speech and third is to make the audience well –informed about the subject matter. A good Introduction or exordium possesses these three main points.
One of the functions of the Introduction or Exordium in a Speech is to prepare the audience to listen for the Speech. Here, a friendly and receptive mood should be established by the speaker to the listeners. An important factor is to set the listeners and gain their interest and attention. The speaker needs to focus the listener’s interest; thus, motivating them to listen to the speech.
Another function is to make the audience interested. There are certain factors that can bring the audience interest; one is the novelty and beauty of the subject; a good subject in a speech is nice to listen with. Another is the liveliness of the speaker’s style; this can also motivate the audiences to listen. The listeners also listen voluntarily if the subject of the speech sounds to be important, necessary or useful for them to know.
Still another function is to make the listener or audiences well-informed. In here, the listeners should be sufficiently acquainted with the question. Accordingly, listeners follow a speech intelligently, when there is a clear definition, about the things they are confused with when the speaker’s purpose is openly revealed and the speech itself has an explicit arrangement of the main topics or arguments.
Delivering the Introduction or the exordium of the speech is a crucial one. This part of the speech should be made in order prepare the audiences to listen to the speaker for the rest of the speaker’s speech. It makes the listeners interested to what the speaker suppose to say or suppose to talk about. The Introduction or exordium also makes the listeners well informed and sufficiently acquainted to the questions with regards to a certain subject matter.