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116 Chapter 15. Start at the Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start In This Chapter · Why the opening matters · Open with a story · Open with a question · Open with a reference to the setting or occasion · Open with a quotation · Open with numbers--statistics or dates · Open with media, such as video clips · Open with humor Are you like the mosquito at a nudist camp--you know what you ought to do, but you don't know where to begin? One of the questions I'm asked most often is, "How do I begin my speech?" In this chapter, you explore many different ways to get your speeches off to a great start. You'll also dis- cover how to choose the method of introduction that best suits your audience, topic, purpose, and personal speaking style. Hand-in-Glove: Intro and Speech You can begin your speech in a number of ways. Whatever method you select, your opening should accomplish the following five tasks: