The rule of first impressions in public speaking: A public speaker has 35 seconds to make an impression on the audience. They will make a snap judgment about you in that time!
Don't waste the first 100 words you use in front of an audience with, "Hello, I'm glad to be here today..." or "Fellow Rotarians..." or "Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury...".
Start right out with your important, captivating message. The audience will appreciate it and you will keep their attention. Remember the rule of Primacy. Audiences remember best, what they hear first!
And the age old saying, "You never have second chance to make a first impression!"
Don't waste that first 100 words in any presentation, to any audience; whether its to a jury, rotarian group or chamber of commerce!