A good attention getter will invoke your reader's curiosity and pique their interest in the rest of the essay. In this article, I will teach you how to write truly effective introductory lines, plus provide some examples of attention getters for your next essay.
An attention getter is used at the beginning of an essay to grab the reader's attention. Some common attention getters are quotations, statistics, questions, and stories. Using a strong attention getter is important in an academic essay because it gives the reader context and gets him/her interested in the essay.
An attention getter should also serve to break the ice, in effect, between the audience and the speaker. The use of personal anecdotes, such as the tale of a funny experience or a family Christmas dinner, is particularly effective toward this end. It is important that anecdotes are relevant to the speech, however.
Be careful, though. Use of startling statistics requires that you do a number of things. First, make sure the statistic is accurate. Second, make sure the statistic is relevant to the topic of the speech. Startling an audience with an irrelevant statistic diminishes the speech and decreases your credibility.