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In the Beginning

Your story’s opening should get people’s attention and make them want to keep listening. One way to subtly invite listeners into your story is to use the words imagine or what if or once there was. Other opening ideas include the following:

A question that leads into the story:

“What would you do if you suddenly had a week of free time?”

An attention-getting sentence:

“Last week I discovered that much of what I know about human relations I learned from my dog, Elmer.”

A fascinating fact:

“Every day, 345 customers call our service center, seeking our help. Every day, at least 40 of those customers leave before they have the help they need.”

A scene:

“It was just after two in the afternoon and the whole office seemed under a Sleeping Beauty spell. The telephones were eerily silent, the fax was mute, the copier quiet. Something was very different.”


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