Good attention-grabbers for a speech include quotations, anecdotes, an explication of the topic's importance and asking thought-provoking questions. These methods can be used singly or in combination with one another.
Using familiar quotes from popular culture or literature increases the chance that the audience is familiar with the quote. The author of the quote should be chosen to reflect the group being addressed. Anecdotes help the audience connect with individuals, which can then help connect them to topics they may consider abstract. Explicating the topic's importance includes using statistics, figures and other facts to make an abstract issue seem more realistic.Thought-provoking questions help to set a curious tone as the audience awaits an eventual answer from the speaker.