I said goodbye to my traveling companion, rowed back to my anchored sailboat, sat in the cockpit, and looked around the harbor.
What am I doing here?
I'm twenty-four years old, single, unemployed, and alone in a foreign country on a tiny boat with thirty dollars in my pocket and a fishing spear.
What am I doing here?

Starting a with a offers a powerful and unexpected way to engage your audience.

They're expecting you to talk about your topic.

They're not expecting you to carry them to a faraway place and and place them in a situation they've never experienced before.

Before you know it, they'll be mesmerized!

The key to a successful opening is to not spend too much talking about yourself. Keep the short and find a way to make it relevant to your audience.

Perhaps you've felt like that at some in your life?
A new job? A new town?
You went for it, you worked for it, you got it…
And now it's yours!
What am I doing here?