They say you have 7 seconds to make a first impression and that the initial impression is the lasting one. Your attire is a big part of this, and so is the way you make your appearance. The most significant part of your introduction is, however, the manner in which you start speaking. Make sure that your headline opening statement catches their attention, is clear and delivered with confidence. If appropriate, a smile can add weight to the impact of your introduction. When you succeed in getting your audience with you at the start, it’s much easier to keep them with you for the duration of your presentation or talk. Once you pulled off a few like this, speaking in front of people becomes a whole lot easier.