Being a keynote speaker is not a joke. It takes time as well as effort to become one. However, this does not mean that you can’t become a keynoter. You have every reason to aspire becoming one, since becoming a keynote speaker is such a great achievement. You get to travel to different places, most especially if clients from far places invite you to do some talks to their events. But most importantly, you can impart information to different people and even inspire them through your speech.
As we all might have already heard before, speakers are not born but rather made. While it is true that there are some people who are naturally outgoing and who can just stand up and speak in front of a large group of people and there are some who are otherwise, each and every one of us still have equal chances of becoming a speaker. So, how does one become a keynote speaker, then?
First off, you have to be good at what you do. If you know that doing speeches is not your thing, how can you become a speaker, then? Before anything else, you first have to know what you are doing and then make sure that you can do it, or much better, you are good at it. Clients will hire you as a speaker because they believe that you can pull off a good presentation. On your end, you have to make sure that you won’t let the client down.
More than being good at it, though, is that you also have to be passionate about doing it. Even if you know that you can do it, if you know in yourself that you are not interested enough to actually do it, then you will not get anywhere. You have to enjoy what you do. As what they usually say, if you enjoy your work, you will not feel like you are working at all.
Moreover, as an aspiring keynote speaker, you should also be familiar with your own strengths and weaknesses. Identify your niche; know which area you are good at. If you believe that you are good at motivating people, then you can be a motivational Keynote speaker Of course, you have to put yourself into something that you are passionate about, because this will also have an impact on how you will perform. If you are not that confident in yourself when it comes to promotional speeches, then it is best if you will not put yourself into that area. Additionally, identifying your weaknesses can help you hone your skills as a speaker. Figuring out your weaknesses should not put you down; rather, it should motivate you to do your best.
You also have to be entertaining so that your audience will be willing enough to devote their time listening to you. You can be funny. Always remember that humor is one of the most important ingredients of a good speech. People always appreciate good humor. “As a keynote speaker, one of my favorite things to do is make my audience laugh,” shares speaker Stuart Knight. “Without humor, you will only be a mediocre professional speaker,” he adds.
But of course, the level of entertainment that you would include in your presentation still depends on what type of audience you have as well as what theme or purpose the event has. Something can be entertaining to you but not to your audience. (There are also times when it can be offensive to them.)
Just always keep in mind that you do not need to be the best speaker out there (as there can never really be the “best one”); you only have to be an effective speaker. You should be true to what you are doing, and everything else will just follow naturally.