So what kind of attention grabber is good to open with? It would depend on your topic. A good idea is to open with your conclusion. It can also be a statement or in the form of a question.
- Have you ever wondered why there is no evidence for evolution and yet it is the only origin philosophy taught in public schools?
- I think it's scary they teach evolution in public school even though there is no evidence to support it.
Your Attention Please
For those of you who hold an evolutionary philosophy, I know that I now have your attention. For those who are unsure if there was a creation or an evolution or some combination of the two that explains our origins, I probably have your attention as well. I bet even a creationist would be wondering what I was going to say next.
The goal of the attention grabber is not to incense others. It's not to instigate or agitate. It's to get the attention of your target audience, raise their curiosity and guide them to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you already have a hostile audience there's no reason to rile them any further. In this case your target is probably not willing to listen anyway. Move on to someone who has the potential to be curious and/or open minded.
Paul Did It
Paul used attention grabbers and here's how one played out:
So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: "Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: 'To an Unknown God.' This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I'm telling you about. - Acts 17:22-23 NLT