A keynote speaker may already be an expert in his field, but it still helps to learn some tips to help him level up in his craft. Here are some tips that can help:
Go the Way of Reality TV
Who would have thought that reality TV, for all its lack of realism, can actually have a positive influence, especially on a speaker’s speech style? People love how each episode of reality TV series are shot from all sorts of angles, always bringing a welcome surprise. And the spontaneity involved in directing each scene can make any viewer believe that said scene is a staged one. A keynote speaker can always benefit from following the examples set by reality TV, which help to make him look, act, and sound more natural and effective to his audience.
Get the Audience More Involved
For a keynote speaker, this means not giving his audience all the information they need all at once. It helps to keep things moving in the right direction but without having to spoon-feed everything to them. Instead, it makes the learning experience more meaningful when the speaker chooses not to reveal some facts, allowing the listeners to figure things out for themselves. It’s amazing how this new and interesting take on educating a speaker’s audience can prove to be more effective in driving home his topic than merely dishing out information.
Don’t Finish With a Q&A If It Can Be Helped
Any speaker can attest to the harsh reality that, one way or another, he has to go through the most dreaded part of any event that he might give a speech to: the question-and-answer portion. Making a request beforehand to the organizer that it would be appreciated if the Q&A can be done away with might work, but experience has taught most speakers that this is usually not an option given to them.
If it can be arranged, it helps to let the organizer know that it would be best to have questions thrown at the speaker during his speech. They will be treated as welcome interruptions – the event participants become more engaged in the discussion, and they will be more than willing to be saved from being inevitably bored.
It’s Not Just Because of the Take-home Pay
A speaker’s services may not fetch a hefty pay, but speaking to many groups in different events is a great way to practice his passion of reaching out to others. It is also a great way for the keynote speaker to introduce the books he has written on the various topics that he has given speeches on. He can easily mention to his clients that he has books they can read to make the information they learned stick.
There Isn’t a Rule That Says Only Extroverts Can Become a Keynote Speaker
A speaker is someone who has a lot to say, and many introverts do have a lot on their minds, which qualifies them as persons who can talk for hours if they are given the chance and especially if the topic is something they are interested in. The only problem might be in getting them to stop talking long enough to give any member of the audience a chance to speak up and ask something for clarification, for example. The other problem is that an introvert might have a hard time dealing with small talks that usually precede an event he has to give a speech to.
Over Preparation Can Kill a Great Presentation
It helps the speaker to just prepare an outline. By all means, this outline may be memorized, but the details should flow naturally as he talks his way through his speech.
A great way for the keynote speaker to introduce the books he has written on the various topics that he has given speeches on.