New Blog Post: Making the Introduction Meaningful
(June 15, 2010) Last week I wrote about the wonderful presentation address Karen Pope provided as she introduced her bother Eddie Pope for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. As I said then, the presentation met Jim Valvano’s definition of “…a heck of a day…”
This week I want to offer some ideas on how a Hall of Fame can maximize the opportunity for that special moment to arrive. The most important first step is to capture all the speeches at an induction, preferably on video tape. When the special one comes along, it will be preserved.
At the National Soccer Hall of Fame it is customary to have the inductee select the individual who will be the presenter. I have always recommended this person be a family member or especially close friend who knows the inductee more as a person than as the star who is being honored. The family member’s or close friend’s long and deep association will provide the extraordinary stories and anecdotes that can make up an exceptional presentation. Rarely can this be done by a professional colleague.
Once the presenter is chosen, guidelines are communicated, both written and spoken, and a DVD of those addresses which have hit the sweet spot is provided. The guidelines are straight-forward and few:
- You are not the star, the person you are introducing is.
- Keep it short with a 3-minute time limit
- Talk about the person, who s/he is outside the professional realm
- We are here to help you craft your talk. Let us.
Then it’s wait and see. Hopefully, through this process, you have created the best opportunity for that great introduction.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. Jack served the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum as Director of Museum and Archives for 9-1/2 years after more than 10 years as a volunteer. More information is available at the firm’s web site. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518/852-3033.
Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association, whose 41st Annual Conference, “Survive AND Thrive,” will be held on October 12 – 14, 2011 at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in Oakville, Ontario.