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Finding A Good Keynote Speaker

A keynote speech is a talk that lays the foundation of the main underlying theme. It establishes the framework for the subsequent program of events or convention agenda. A keynote speech also serves to emphasize a larger idea.

Therefore, a keynote speaker needs to know exactly how to cater the talk to suit the occasion. From an angler’s point of view, it’s all about baiting the hook to suit the fish.

Now that you have understood what the keynote orator is supposed to do, here are some suggestions on how to find a good one.

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Confirm the date, venue and budget of your event. These factors will significantly impact the pool of keynote speakers available to you. Your date, for instance, will affect which keynote speakers are available, whereas your budget will limit whom you can and can’t afford to employ. In order to reduce the cost of the keynote speaker’s transportation, you will probably have to examine the distance between where he or she lives and the location of your event.

Establish the type of presentation you want and the time of day when it will take place. Do also mention the time limit of the speech. You wouldn’t want the speaker to ramble for hours, would you?

Here’s something to think about. Just because a particular speaker is skilled in debates, doesn’t necessarily make him / her good at providing keynotes. I’ve observed how some politicians spew the political agenda at fund raising campaigns of homeless kids instead of delivering a speech that was relevant to homeless kids. Therefore, it would be a good idea to feed the keynote speaker with some relevant facts about your organization, event, dignitaries, mission statement, etc in order for them to cook up a good speech. The core decision makers in your organization will be able to guide you based on their vision.

Clarify in your mind why you want to hire a keynote speaker. Some common reasons include the desire to:
Educate
Motivate
Persuade
Take action
Raise funds
Promote a cause or organization
Entertain

If you have a record of past keynote speakers who have been successful with your group or a group similar to yours, very good. If you don’t, well you’ve got to start somewhere. Get in touch with a Toastmasters club in your neighborhood. They will be able to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, post a message on your Facebook.

Consider the demographics of your audience. Do you need a keynote speaker who will appeal to a general audience or one who will interest a specific demographic group (e.g., an all-men’s group)? Again, it’s about baiting the hook to suit the fish 🙂

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to find a keynote speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Why not become one? Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called The Fearless Speaker at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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Managing Stage Fright and Vulnerability

Oh dear… your chest feels heavy, your throat is constricted and you feel like crying. You suddenly feel vulnerable facing the audience. The dignitaries are in the room and they expect a good performance from you. A sick feeling is rising and about to overpower your diligently rehearsed speech. The timing couldn’t be worse. This is your moment of truth. You need to portray strength, confidence and most importantly, professionalism.

Oops, too late. A tear trickles down your cheek and more bad stuff is coming.

The anxiety of breaking down, fainting or weeping in front of strangers is a powerful and common fear. I understand how vulnerable you feel. Many speakers would react in the following ways:-

• Rehearse the speech intensively prior to the presentation for added confidence.
• Become invisible with no voice & fade into oblivion.
• Resign to fate and enjoy the flawed glory.

Which would you choose? Here a story of my friend, Adeline who shared her story with me.

Adeline was a successful public speaker. Her audience consisted of enthusiastic, enterprising and eager property investors. Her raving fans traveled from all nooks and crannies of Singapore to hear her speak.

One fine day after one of her talks, I had the opportunity to interview her. “Adeline,” I asked. “Have you always been such a captivating, charismatic and charming speaker?” Adeline was silent for a moment For once, she seemed lost for words. Tears welled up in her beautiful eyes.

With a quivering voice, she said, “I owe my success to an elusive holy man. I started my public speaking career in a disastrous manner. In my maiden speech, my mind went blank. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. I had forgotten what to say. One week later, I had to deliver another speech. This time my stomach felt queasy. Within minutes of speaking, I had soiled my skirt. Immediately after my speech, I had to leave the auditorium because I smelled awful. And the story goes on…

To Cry Or Not To Cry Is The Question
These are some ideas you could use if you are in the same boat:-

• Shift the focus away from yourself and instead focus your attention on the audience. Remember, the majority of them want you to succeed. In most cases, they have nothing personal against you.

• Stop being angry with yourself for all your past failures in public speaking. As the stock market investors would say, “the past does not equal the future.” The more “failure” thoughts you harbor in your mind, the more likely your presentation will end up a failure.

What You Can Do Now
One of the quickest ways to learn how to handle something you find challenging is to observe how others do it. In Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), it’s called Modeling. Here’s a good speech portraying Candy who handles her tears graciously. Go ahead and Model her.

http://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to.html

Next time strong emotion arises in you when you speak in public, just notice it and don’t get caught up in the story. Instead, pause and connect through your eyes with another person to help keep you grounded. Pause and continue with your speech.

My friend, Toastmaster Azmi taught me a simple method to recover from such emotional overwhelming situations. He asked me to look out for a caring, cheerful & friendly face among the audience. The kind of supportive audience who will nod agreeably to you when you speak. Every time I felt like crying, fearful, etc, he asked me to look at that friendly face for emotional support. By doing so, I was able to recover faster and get on with the show.

I’ve cried a number of times when speaking in public. Guess what, the audience cried together with me! However, it is not good to leave the audience is a sad state when the speech is over. Therefore, it is always advisable to uplift their spirits and cheer them up before leaving the stage. It certainly feels like a storm has passed through leaving behind peace and tranquility. Your words will flow much better once the pent up emotions are released. “Better out than in” as someone infamous once said, and through my tears, I couldn’t agree more.

Good luck 🙂

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become.

Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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Best Man Speech Ideas – Vote of Thanks – Father of The Bride Speech

Frieda was a young lady in her early 20’s. We were having dinner together with her best man one day. Suddenly she popped the question…

“How do I get over the fear of facing the audience? I get scared when I see many eyes staring at me. I want to voice my opinion, but somehow I’m tongue tied when I face a large crowd. Therefore, I normally keep my opinions to myself.”

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How To Make a Difference As a Motivational Speaker

North America’s Leading Inspirational Teacher and Best-Selling Author, Marjan Glavac shares on how to make a difference in peoples’ lives in this article.

The Stress-Free Way to Impact Your Students For Life and Reignite Your Passion for Teaching Almost Overnight

If you love teaching but the challenges that come with the job are starting to get under your skin, I know exactly how you feel. See if you can relate to my experience …

I reached a point where I’d dread going to school in the morning to teach. I would have a big knot in the pit of my stomach just thinking about my class.

You had all that energy, enthusiasm and expertise to make a difference (perhaps even with disadvantaged students who struggle to get through each and every day). You looked forward to teaching any and all students in your class. You spent an incredible amount of time getting your classroom set up during the summer.

It was a warm, welcoming and wonderful classroom one of the best classrooms in the entire school. You were nervous that first day, not knowing what to expect.

They sat in their desks, alert, attentive and anxious to be taught by you. The first day was an exhausting but an exhilarating, exciting experience. You could not wait to get back to school and teach them some more.

Your students aren’t attentive any more. They’re off task. They’re defiant. The hours and hours you’ve spent on those picture perfect lesson plans seem to go out the window.

Your students are becoming more and more defiant. You get more and more frustrated with them, lose your cool more often and go home empty, exhausted and emotionally upset.

In spite of all these problems and challenges, you’re still passionate about teaching. You still love to learn. You still love to teach. You still love children.

But, you’re running on empty, especially with those students who defy you more and more often, who seem to have taken over your class, who don’t seem to care anymore… You don’t know what to do… You don’t want to confess to other teachers that you’re experiencing problems with your class. That would be a sign of weakness.

You don’t want to confess to your principal that you’re experiencing problems. That might mean not getting rehired or worse that you weren’t meant to be a teacher.

You don’t want to talk to any parents, because word would quickly get out that you can’t…

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Keys to Crafting Great Real Estate Elevator Pitches

Every real estate agent needs to perfect their elevator pitch. Those 30 seconds can make a big difference in nearly all aspects of the job. Delivered with the right balance of pizzazz and responsible credibility, your pitch can open the door and help you nab the sale, client, or connection. Let’s take a look at you how you can make the most of those 30 seconds.

The Potential Client Pitch

Regardless of what your profession may be – whether you are a parent, teacher, real estate agent or any combination of these titles – you are selling something.

As a matter of fact, for most people, a day does not pass by that you are not selling something to somebody. Money may not always be the medium of exchange, but when you are attempting to convince someone to change a point of view and to look at things from your way of thinking, you are selling.

This is where learning some tips to pitch to a potential client comes in handy. Check out these suggestions below. It could prove useful to you some day.

Use the Power of Storytelling

For most people, parents and teachers reading them stories is one of their first and fondest memories. Humans love stories. Open your pitch with a story about a client, removing identifying details as needed. Craft it in such a way that it demonstrates how you overcome challenges and is compelling enough that they want to know what happens next.

Draw the client in and then begin talking business.

Differentiate

The Savvy clients who tend to offer the higher commissions are shopping around. Don’t assume you’re a shoe-in.
Understand what your individual strengths are and how those are the traits that this prospect needs achieve their goals. Communicate your Unique Selling Proposition (USP).

Be You-Focused Not Me-Focused

Your words and language should be easy for your potential client understand. Now’s not the time to impress with your real estate vocabulary.

Talk less about “me” and “I”. Talk more about the client’s unique situation. Only talk about you in relation to how it helps them meet their goals.

The Seminar/Public Speaking Pitch

For a seminar pitch 1, 2 and 3 above are great for a pitch. But to it we’ll add:

A Trending Topic

Connect with your audience with a trending industry topic. Is flipping houses really worth it? How do I know if I qualify for a 1031 exchange?

Engage with a Question

What’s 1 question that when answered would completely qualify a seminar participant for your services? Craft this question and ask it to both engage and get everyone in the room thinking about why what you’re about to share is the best idea they’ve ever heard.

The Networking Pitch

In a competitive industry like real estate who you know matters across real estate, finance, construction, government, advertising, etc. The stronger your network, the better you’ll be able to deliver results. In this article, each section builds upon the last with the above points important in networking as well. To networking we’ll add.

Use Impactful Words

It’s okay to use jargon when networking as long as you’re networking with a close industry peer. Convey confidence and competence by not beating around the bush in ineffective wording. Professionals are busy and look for immediate value to signal that they should continue the conversation.

Practice, but Don’t Memorize

Networking should always seem genuine and mutual. It shouldn’t sound overly rehearsed. Do practice in front of a mirror along with your smile and stance. But be careful not to sound stoic or rote. Be open to interruptions in your train of thought. Plan for them, adapt and stay the course to make that connection.

Elevator Pitches Matter

Maybe you’re a natural at the pitch. Maybe you aren’t. But all of us could benefit from tweaking our style to better seal the deal? Would you add anything to our list? How have you used these keys in your own pitches? Comment below.

Article contributed by:
Anthony Gilbert REALTOR® ABR®
President, Hypewired
13785 Research Blvd #125, Austin, TX 78750