To be invited to join other keynote speakers is one of the greatest privileges a person could have. Just think about it – from the dozens of possible choices, you were the one chosen to speak. It just proves that you have the needed performance and knowledge that many others are yet to attain, and that’s why you’ve been picked to become a keynote speaker.
Because of this, it is imperative for you to intensively prepare for your speech. People will never know how much you’ve achieved and they will never care about how you attained your success, unless you will open your mouth and tell them your story. And in presenting your story, it takes a lot of preparation for you to convey your message perfectly.
Here are some tips in preparing to become a keynote speaker:
• Know your purpose
this is something that all keynote speakers should keep in mind. This will be the basis on how your message will flow. Is your intention to inform, to persuade, to entertain, or to motivate?
• Evaluate the audience
be sensitive and try to know the interests, likes, goals, and fears of your target audience. Without proper evaluation of the target audience, you might end up focusing on yourself too much during your speech. Evaluating your audience will also save your listeners from awkwardness and boredom.
• Choose the right material
you need to get your facts from reliable sources, such as books and published journals, especially when you discuss topics related to science, nature, and the like. At the same time, you also need to get as much material as you can to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the points you’re going to make.
• Make an Outline
to easily say your points during your speech, you should organize them well. Though outlining might not be helpful during the actual performance, it will guide you and allow you to become sufficiently familiar with your speech. This will also make your speech concise yet comprehensive.
• Present facts
provide evidences that will prove your point. You can quote data from reliable sources, present pictures, or tell a true-to-life story to prove the accuracy your points.
• Make an attention-getting opening
openings are definitely crucial in speeches for these will set the mood of the audience, determining whether they will or will not listen to whatever you will say on the podium. Usually, openings are in interrogatory form to encourage the audience to think or reflect. Some also resort to start their speeches with a quote or a pick-up line so that the audience can become a bit more engaged.
• Have a conclusion
conclusions must answer the questions you presented in the speech’s opening. Aside from that, conclusions must serve as a summary of all the points you have presented. Remember, the conclusion should be just as attention-grabbing as the opening.
• Proofread your speech
that is why it is so important for keynote speakers to write all their speeches in paper, allowing them to easily spot errors or identify the need for additional information to be provided. You can also hire a proofreader to lighten your job.
• Take note of the time
you will be only given limited time to deliver your speech. Taking note of the time will allow you to present all the important points in your speech.
Speaking in public can be a gift but for most, it is a skill that needs to be honed. By following these simple but useful tips, you’ll be able to unleash your full potential and you might even become one of the best keynote speakers.