www.diplomacy.eduMr.MediaTraining (The blog of Brad Phillips) has published an interesting series of posts on “Eight ways to open a speech”. Here is the list:

One: The Startling Statistic
Two: The Anecdote
Three: Ask a Rhetorical Question
Four: Ask a “Show of Hands” Question
Five: Speak With Your Audience
Six: Build Off The Conference Theme
Seven: Mention Something In The News
Eight: Use Humor

If you want to know more and read the full article with many examples consult the series of posts on mrmediatraining blog