The first impression of your essay is established by its introductory paragraph. Introductory paragraph is what introduces reader to the essay. By reading introduction, reader gets idea of what is going to be discussed in the following paragraphs. That is why; introduction should be interesting enough to catch reader's attention. It is not a simple task unless you follow a few simple suggestions. In order to make your introduction interesting to the reader, you can follow following tips:
Thesis statement is the whole point of introduction. Thesis statement is a concise statement which presents your opinion to the reader. It should not contain any ambiguity. A plain and direct thesis statement provokes interest of the reader as he will distinctly know the whole point of discussion. This is the reason that thesis statement should always be written in precise and explicit manner.
Try to put interesting facts into introduction. The points should be such that they invoke an urge in reader to read about the topic. The interest of reader should be maintained by continuity and connectivity in the whole essay. But as introduction is always mirror image of essay, it is given more emphasis and attention.
The ideas you have about your topic should be presented in unique form. You can introduce your point of view through a relevant quotation. You can begin with some interesting fact. It can be a provocative question, an anecdote, a narrative (short), any intriguing paradox, surprising information etc. Such interesting touch to your essay will make it reader friendly and will enhance attraction of your essay.
You should not beat about the bush. Be specific while writing introduction. If you make your statements too broad and ambiguous, it will lose attraction and interest of the reader. Reader always wants to know the main point of essay or discussion. So you must give a transparent picture of your essay to reader. It will enhance persuasiveness of essay.
You can also put your own unique ideas about introduction to work. You can plan your introduction of essay. It is also advised to read introductions of well-written essays to have a clear picture of an effective introduction. These small steps will help you catch reader's attention by making your introduction interesting and different.