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How should you close a speech introducing someone?

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The speaker should close the introductory speech by welcoming the person going on stage, by name, in a manner that will cause the audience to clap. The introductory speech should reach its climax near the end so that the audience is ready to receive the next speaker. The current speaker should shake the hand of the next speaker, to welcome them and make the transition smoother.

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According to Toastmasters International, an introductory speech should only take around 60 seconds. The speaker should have a good idea of what the person to be introduced is like and what the person has achieved. The introductory speech may highlight some important accomplishments of the upcoming speaker and introduce the audience to the topic that is going to be discussed. It is also important to show the audience that the speaker has expertise in the topic.

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