The ultimate goal of all keynote speakers is to leave a lasting positive impression in the hearts and minds of his audience. Therefore, the speaker should take time to prepare his speech long before his speaking engagement. By doing so, he’ll be able to reap positive feedbacks from his listeners and increase his chance of being invited again.
You have more chance of success if you follow the guidelines below:
1.Learn to say ‘no’ at subjects that you are not really familiar with. It is good to challenge yourself every once in a while, but it is best to avoid situations like this. Kindly decline to speaking engagements that are not your area of expertise and explain your reasons for saying ‘no’.
2.Find out what the organizers want. No one knows the audience better than the people who hired you to speak. It is important for keynote speakers to ask the organizers about what they want to achieve in a particular event. Do you need to inspire people? Do you need to persuade them? Do you have to convince them to change their minds? But make sure not to get too much information that could cloud your own presentation. The best way to know what your contractor wants is by asking him to provide 5 short sentences about your audience and the theme of the event.
3.Don’t use too m any bullets on your presentation, or better yet, drop it all off! Bullets make the speech boring because the speakers are often tempted to just keep on reading each of them instead of looking and speaking directly to the audience.
4.Be creative with your slides. Don’t use the same font and background to the entire presentation. Make it special, catchy and impressive.
5.Great keynote speakers know how to share their own experiences. We’re not talking about biographies. You need to share your own story that has a connection about what you’re talking about. This is the best way to make people trust what you say.
6.Rehearsal is not only important for beginners. When you are requested to speak for an event, make sure that you have enough time to rehearse before the date of your speaking engagement. Rehearsals won’t only help you memorize your piece, but it will also boost your confidence when you’re already in front of the audience.
7.Make sure that the stage provides your needs. Sometimes, the stage is so big that it gives you a superior standing. Connect with your audience by walking near to their place. If there is a big table between you and your audience, ask the organizer to remove it. People will listen better if they feel that you’re really interested to be connected with them.
8.Allow a few seconds of silence before you start speaking. Take time to look around and make an eye-to-eye contact with a few people. This way, the audience will feel that you are earnest and sincere about giving your speech. You will also get their attention by making them feel that you are serious about what you are going to tell them.
9.Don’t get lost in the middle of your speech. If possible, write an outline on a small paper or a tablet and bring it with you to help you monitor the progress of your speech.
10.Last but not the least of all, make sure to stick on the time allotted for you to speak. Set the vibrate alarm of your phone and set it 5 minutes before your allotted time ends so that you’ll know when you need to close your speech.
You are now equipped with enough knowledge on what to do before your speaking engagement. Now go ahead and be one of the great keynote speakers that your audience will hardly forget!