Making a public speech can be terrifying, in particular if it’s something you have never done before. The need for a keynote speech can arise in any event or situation. As a common example, if you are best man at a wedding. If this is something required of you, then stop for a second. These tips on how to give a keynote speech might just save you!
Know what you are talking about
No-one likes to listen to someone that hasn’t a clue what they are on about. Joking aside, do your research on what you are talking about. Should you have the honour of being the best man at a wedding, you probably should know all about the groom you are talking about. Even if you don’t get on with the wife, getting to know her for a good speech is a fair sacrifice. Again, if you are a business speaker for the day, know what you are talking about. If you are talking about a new product, make sure you are an expert on it before you get up on stage. Test the product or service for yourself. The internet is a good basis for research. Any company product should also have a detailed website explaining the benefits of the product. For generic products or services, why not try Youtube or Wikipedia? If the product is well known, try Wikipedia or even Youtube for further information.
Learn about your audience before hand
Interaction with the audience is key. A quick way to bore the audience to tears would be to simply stand and talk for over an hour. They won’t get your message, because they won’t be listening. Thus don’t be one of those bad speakers. Find out about your audience. Who are they working for? Who are they employed by? Are there any shared interests? Can you teach them something useful? Be an entertainer, use humour. Visual aids can work well. Cliched as it may be, what about using Powerpoint? Deciding whether to let the audience join in can be a tricky decision sometimes. What sort of audience are they? Bringing up confident participants can work great. Try not to pick out members of the audience that are clearly nervous and don’t want to be picked on. We’ve all been there!
Work for the sake of your company
Whether it be for free drinks, or presenting an important speech, work for the employer. If you need to sell, don’t do it aggressively. When promoting a product, give it your best shot. If you don’t succeed, you probably won’t get another chance.
Practise makes perfect
Being unprepared is the worse thing you can be when giving a keynote speech. The most famous keynote speakers will practise over and over again. You can use cue cards if needed. Know your words. Then if you do get stuck you have your cue cards to fall back on. Whoever you have to deliver a speech to, we do wish you the best of luck.