Ways to begin a speech are almost unlimited, but they seem to me to fall into five main categories:
Not every opening will fit neatly into one of these five categories, and some openings might have characteristics of more than one category.
Once you have decided on a topic for your speech and what you want the speech to accomplish, look at the five categories of openings to determine whether one or more will help you make a good beginning.
Now, let's take a look at some examples.
Some years ago, I attended a meeting of a men's club at which the speaker was a businessman on a crusade. This man, who had survived a serious bout ...