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When the Acceptance Speech Is Shorter than the Introduction

When the Acceptance Speech Is Shorter than the Introduction

Somehow, somewhere, the introduction to a guest of honor became a mini-speech in itself. The introducer wanted to draw attention to his or her own prowess. Years ago I was in the audience when Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America) took ten minutes introducing Robert Redford. It was paralyzing, and I was wandering if we here instead hearing him read a new screenplay he was working on!

Any introduction over two minutes is way too long. Tell the audience the salient facts of the award or someone’s impact, and then get out of the way. (And the same applies to moderating a panel—it’s about the panelists, not the moderator.)

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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