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6 Tips for a Keynote Speaker

As you rise to high levels of leadership in your community, you are bound to be invited as a keynote speaker to highlight some important occasion. You could be the keynote speaker or the guest of honor. This “career progression” is inevitable. It’s going to happen to you some day. You will be most likely selected due to your popularity and / or achievements. Your profession or nature of accomplishment must have been in some way related to the occasion in order for you to be invited.

Regardless of the reason, know that you were invited because your community had held you in a high level of admiration or respect. To leave a long lasting impression on the audience, you need to improvise methods to keep their attention glued to you.

  • How to Be a World Class Speaker that can Truly MOVE an Audience | Lisa Nichols
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    How to Be a World Class Speaker that can Truly MOVE an Audience | Lisa Nichols
The good news is, by virtue of their respect for you, they will, to a certain extent give you their full attention anyway. However, you can’t take things for granted & expect them to be attentive towards you throughout your entire speech. It is said that with each year of a person’s age, his attention span will grow by one minute. Therefore, theoretically speaking, 15 years old kids will generally start to lose their concentration after 15 minutes if you do nothing about it. It’s also said that after 20 minutes, regardless of the age of the person, this growth in attention span starts to taper out.

Therefore, if you are the invited guest speaker of an event, the suggestions below may help to keep your audience listening instead of mentally “tuning out.”

Keynote Speaker Tip 1

Speak in a clear, crisp & comprehensible voice with an enthusiastic tone. The audience must feel the essence of your emotions through your enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling. Try not to swallow your words as if there’s a gum in your mouth. In order for you to know whether you are guilty of any of the above, make an audio recording of your speech using your mobile phone. Pass this recording to a friend in order to get an (hopefully) unbiased opinion about your speech.

Keynote Speaker Tip 2

Your speech should be congruent with the purpose of the gathering, touching on issues relevant to its objective and applicable to the current needs of the audience. This would certainly require you to do some homework prior to attending the event. If you are a member of a Toastmasters Club, you could do a test run of your speech there & get unbiased feedback from the qualified evaluators. If you are not a Toastmaster yet, it’s about time you became one today.

Keynote Speaker Tip 3

Incorporate humor into your presentation to keep the audience alert. Studies reveal that, when humor is used, audiences find the speaker interesting to listen to. A note of caution though. Your humor must be relevant to the subject matter. Only then it will look natural & be meaningful. Try your best to use humor to reinforce your message rather that to use it simply to make people laugh. Remember, this is not a stand-up comedy session. This is a keynote address.

Keynote Speaker Tip 4

When you raise an issue, a suggested way to project it is by citing instances or examples. Correlate the example and the issue clearly. You could follow the following structure which goes by the acronym P.R.E.P.
P – Point. State your point.
R – Reason. State your reason.
E – Example. State an example.
P – Point. State your point once more.

Keynote Speaker Tip 5

As a keynote speaker or guest of honour, you will be most likely required to deliver an inspiring / motivational speech. Therefore, strive to deliver a speech filled with positive thoughts like forecasting a bright tomorrow. You have the power to turn a depressive atmosphere into an enthusiastic one. If you are well versed with the industry & have a good proposal to make, then say it. In the process of suggesting your proposal, plant the image in the minds of the audience as to how the industry will look like 5 or 10 years from now. Plant the image of positivity. Be specific and realistic in your projection. If hard work is required, say so. Sometimes, it pays to call a spade a spade 🙂

Keynote Speaker Tip 6

Leave a lasting, meaningful message as you conclude your speech. In order to do this effectively, try to end your speech with a personal story that reinforces your message. Personal stories have a queer way of lingering in the minds of people long after the speech is over. Such speeches will also leave the audience remembering you for a loooooooooong time…

All the best to you in your next keynote address. Remember, it was no accident that you were selected as guest of honour. It was meant to be…

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Attention Grabbing Technique for Public Speakers

There are many attention grabbing techniques we can employ to keep the audience glued to us. Here’s a surefire method: Find some excuse to get someone on stage with you. When a member of the audience is on stage, trust me, the rest of the audience will concentrate fully for the following reasons:

1. They probably want to see what is going to happen to a fellow member.

2. Maybe they are mentally preparing themselves to be up on stage too.

3. Some of them may be worrying to death that they may be asked to be up there.

Whatever the reasons may be, congratulations, you have grabbed their attention.

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    Attention Grabber in your video to Grab Attention
However, you need to create some counter measures to tackle reason number 3. You need to keep your shy or sensitive audience from withdrawing from your program altogether because of the fear that they may be asked to stand up in front of everyone.

I’ve experienced this situation myself. Often I’m invited to a Tamil speaking function. As a Tamil leader, I am expected to address the audience in Tamil. Unfortunately, my command of the Tamil language is pathetic. Therefore, I cringe with embarrassment every time I face the possibility of addressing the audience in Tamil.

Similarly, your audience may also cringe with embarrassment for various unknown reasons.

Therefore, the technique that I employ is to first plant one or two ‘volunteers’ among the audience. These ‘volunteers’ would have been briefed in advance on what to expect and do. Once I get the ball rolling with these ‘volunteers’ the others will gain the courage to come forward voluntarily.

In order to minimize the chance of withdrawal you can also make the following statement:

In a moment I’m going to ask for a volunteer to come on stage with me. Don’t worry. No one will be forced to do so against their will.

If you have a high percentage of shy audience members, you will be able to feel their relief.

Once they are on stage, you can proceed with some sort of demonstration which you planned for. Make sure you give them some kind of prize. One of your products is usually good because it gives you a chance to mention it without using a hard sell. And just about always lead the audience in a round of applause for the demonstrator as they return to their seat.

Good Luck in your next presentation.

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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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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    ISTE 2016 keynote speaker Ruha Benjamin | Incubate a Better World in the Minds & Hearts of Students
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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