10 Steps in Delivering an Effective Keynote Speech

Why not make your life easier and follow this proven formula in delivering an effective keynote speech? Don’t bother over-thinking everything because all you need are 10 simple words.


An expert keynote speaker may know a lot about his subject, but that doesn’t make him omniscient. There may still be latest industry updates that he needs to know about, or new information sources that he can cite to make his speech more credible. Your entire reputation is on the line here, so don’t risk sharing outdated information just because you can’t squeeze in a few minutes or hours for research.


Keynote speakerFrom the voluminous information a keynote speaker has about his subject, he has to trim them down by selecting the most relevant and most helpful information for his audience. He chooses his core message and key points from everything he knows, developing them into a cohesive keynote speech. He doesn’t pack the speech with loads of impressive but unnecessary data.


Many keynote speakers don’t really write their own speeches. However, they usually take charge in deciding how to construct the speeches because they are still the ones who’ll be delivering them. In case you want to go hands on with it, first make an outline to ensure that all the valuable information are there. You have to see the structuring to know if it’s going to be effective or not.


After writing what is basically a draft, you will be rewriting the entire speech after going through it over and over again. You will surely find things to correct and things to improve. It is also helpful to ask a friend or an editor to help you clean it up. Most keynote speakers go through their speech four or five times before they settle for the final copy. You may want to do this especially if you are speaking in front of an important crowd.


It is not recommended that a keynote speaker fills his speech with a lot of visual illustrations, such as multimedia presentations and slideshows, unless he is delivering a seminar or conducting a training workshop. However, there may be good parts where illustrations may work. If you see a good opportunity, ask someone who knows a lot about graphic design or video editing to assist you.


It shows when a keynote speaker goes on to deliver his speech without enough rehearsal. He mispronounces words, misses necessary pauses and does unnecessary ones, looks at his copy a lot, gets lost from time to time, doesn’t know how to present visuals, and doesn’t match the speech with proper voice control. Many people in the audience and special guests have trained eyes and ears, making it easy for them to differentiate a prepared speaker from an unprepared one.


You should relax before the event and the actual delivery to truly concentrate on your speech. Your breathing should be stable and your voice should be relaxed. The audience won’t be comfortable watching you if you yourself aren’t. Practice the things that make you relaxed.


It’s better to come early to the event so that you’ll have time to familiarize yourself with the organizers, their special guests, the attendees, and the venue. You can be more effective if you are comfortable with the people around you and the place you are speaking in.


Take a long and deep breath before you go on stage and hold the microphone. Relax for the last time. It will help you concentrate on your speech.


There is no better way of saying it but that. It’s either you deliver with dignity and confidence, or you deliver with uneasiness and apparent fear. Many rookie keynote speakers still have hesitations on stage because they doubt their ability. There’s no point in doing that seconds before the actual speech, so you might as well give it everything you’ve got.

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