10 Things That Separate Professional Keynote Speakers from Amateurs

Do you want to know what can make you stand out from a group of amateur keynote speakers? Act like a pro. There are things that professionals usually do but amateurs don’t. These things say a lot about their capabilities and their understanding of the job. Now, you can become a professional keynote speaker too by emulating the following habits.

1.They refrain from giving too much information.

It’s hard to select information when you know a lot about your subject. It always makes you want to cram a lot of seemingly impressive data that not many people know about. However, a professional knows what is best needed by his audience. He doesn’t try to impress by bombarding the audience with too much information.

2.They don’t use bullet points.

This may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but yes, bullet points are outdated. A professional keynote speaker gives his key points one by one followed by discussion. He rarely enumerates upfront since enumerating something while giving a speech is useless anyway. The audience won’t have time to memorize them. Instead, use visuals that can prompt the audience to think and react in awe. Don’t make them read.

3.They only use a handful of slides.

For a single continuous speech, a professional keynote speaker is expected to present just a few slides that can back up his ideas or gain the attention and interest of his audience. In fact, a lot of key speeches don’t even need any kind of visual presentations at all. A speaker who is good enough to clearly elaborate on things rarely needs the help of visuals.

4.They use personal photos, not stock photos.

Keynote speakerA lot of websites now offer free and paid stock photos that can be used for personal and commercial purposes. The tendency of many amateur keynote speakers is to take advantage of that. However, a professional keynote speaker avoids the cliché and instead makes his presentation more personalized by using his own photos. It’s not cool to show photos that members of the audience have already seen elsewhere.

5.They leave some questions for their audience to answer.

Professional keynote speakers know that they shouldn’t spoon-feed the audience if they really want to become memorable. They stimulate their audience’s intellect and let them find the answers before giving validation.

6.They are humorous.

Humor is something that many keynote speakers possess, but the amateur ones experience a hard time using that to lighten the mood and please the audience. This is because humor rarely works with nervousness and too much preparation.

7.They plant uneasiness or fear to make their message more memorable.

This may seem harsh, but the audience will appreciate valuable information much better if keynote speakers make them realize their importance by making them feel how it’s like not to believe, response, and act to the call. They start by describing the scenarios that may happen if no change is achieved or realized by the audience.

8.They show up on time.

Many keynote speakers are authorities in their own right. They have impressive positions and busy schedules. However, what separate professional ones from the amateurs are their discipline to show up on time.

9.They don’t look at their copy all the time.

A keynote speaker is an expert in his topic, which should make the delivery a piece of cake. He shouldn’t rely on his copy all the time if he is prepared and confident in the things that he says.

10.They play with their voice.

Formality is often associated with monotone. That’s how many amateur keynote speakers try to play it. Why can’t they realize that they can sound goofy but still look formal and reputable at the same time?

Author Bio:
Keynote speaker provides keynotes and break out sessions for corporate events and association meetings that are drop dead funny, motivational and full of proven research results on what the most successful do differently.

Mary Cochran