It may be that you are reading this article because you have just recently been asked to be a keynote speaker at a very important event. It is a very nerve-wracking yet exciting thing and there is lots of hard work ahead of you trying to come up with a speech that will stand out from the many others that came before and will encourage people to remember what you said.
There are also a few hurdles that you need to be aware of along the way. You need to understand how important this actually is because people are coming to listen to you specifically and so they will have high expectations from you.
There is no reason why you can’t be the best keynote speaker ever and all you need to do is to provide your audience with the right kind of content that is engaging and interesting. You need to tell them what they want to hear and so if you would like some top tips on how you can be the best keynote speaker ever then the following may be of assistance.
- You need to know your audience – Depending on the demographic that you are speaking to, the subject that you want to talk about may be appropriate or inappropriate. People want to hear about how your speech will benefit them, improve their lives and make things easier. This is why it is essential that when you create your speech that you write it for the people in the audience and nobody else.
- Decide what you want to achieve – You can’t write your speech unless you know exactly what it is that you want to achieve with it. You must have some kind of intent and if you do, you will find that the words will come to you much more easily. Always remind yourself of what it is that you want to impart to your audience and if you need to print it out on a piece of paper and keep it beside you as you write then this is what you need to do.
- Try not to be boring – This really depends on what it is that you are talking about but it is always possible to include some humour in your presentation and this will get the audience on your side immediately. The last thing that you want is for the people that are directly in front of you to be nodding off halfway through and so do what you can to take an otherwise boring speech and turn it into something quite exceptional.
The key to any good speech is to not try to make it too detailed and too long. You can say a lot in just a few minutes and still hold onto your audience’s attention. Do not be tempted to create a PowerPoint about what you want to say and just read from it because your audience can do that all by themselves.