So, someone just got invited to deliver a keynote speech. Sure, this normally comes off surprising since people are not all born public speakers. But if one is offered to be a speaker, there is no need to fear or hide under the sheets for three days. As cliché as this sounds, speaking in front of a big audience should be seen as an opportunity and not a dreadful task. For starters, why would organizers invite someone they didn’t see fit to do the job?
Before giving that talk, here are 9 pre-speech tips for to-be keynote speakers:
1. Plan ahead
Successful people won’t be who they are without devoting time and passion in what they do. Same way, people who want to give successful speeches should allot time and be passionate about the talk they are about to give. Research ahead of time and make sure you are enjoying what you do.
2. Understand the purpose
Since keynote speeches disclose what an event really is for, the purpose should first be clear to the speaker. Read about it. Write drafts and ensure that they are in line with the central theme.
3. Know the listeners
Great keynote speakers know better than just deliver a speech without recognizing their audience. Remember that the talk has three dimensions: the speaker, the speech, and the audience. For an attention-grabbing speech, one must consider his audience in his word choices and ideas. The hint is this: know what people need to hear.
4. Get sense of humour ready
Everyone loves speakers who can crack a joke or two. Unleashing one’s best punchlines will sure give him an attentive audience. Be reminded though of the right jokes to tell.
5. Listen to great speeches
This is not so one can plagiarize or copy someone else’s nuts and bolts of inspirational stuff. Listening to other speeches delivered by professional keynote speakers is a good way of preparing oneself before he delivers his own. Learn from the experienced.
6.Prepare an outline
Outlines can be very helpful to make sure one’s words are on track. Speakers don’t want to forget the main points and end up with a bad speech. Do not outdo this, though. A good speaker can give a kick-ass talk even without his cheat sheet.
One technique in giving speeches is to share a personal experience to illustrate a point. In writing out that fantastic speech, one could use a bit of recollection so he could extract some experiences to talk about. Listeners don’t need boring, I-just-want-to-say-that kind of experiences. A speaker needs something that will help him create the impression he is aiming for.
8. Trust yourself
Things will start going wrong when one’s confidence falters. The greatest speakers are sure of themselves, and it shows in how they deliver their words. There is no need to worry if one has prepared.
9. Practice the talking.
Keynote speakers are different from just writers. One might have the best, extremely moving speech prepared, but without the guts to speak in front of people, it will just go to waste. If not used to this setting, there is still hope. He should try to practice beforehand, so as to make sure he articulates words correctly, and that he doesn’t talk too fast or stammers.
Giving a keynote speech is no easy task. It can only end up two things: a life-changing kind of talk, or an extremely boring, mediocre one. There is no shortcut or hack to just have that perfect keynote speaker image. One has to work on it, be passionate about it, and love all that he’s doing.