Is the Gift of the Gab Enough? What Makes a Great Keynote Presentation?
It is one thing to have brassy confidence and preparedness to stand up and speak in front of your peers. Delivering a powerful, motivating and thought-provoking keynote presentation can be a completely another thing.
We’ve all seen that person who had confidence but no skill in presenting. The result …awful!
When looking for a dynamic keynote speaker in Brisbane, you need to satisfy yourself of a handful of things.
James McNamara is an Experience Keynote Speaker in Brisbane, Here’s His Advice…
Firstly, the topic. Does the speaker have suitable first-hand experience in your topic of choice? A keynote needs to be engaging, it’s not a lecture or there mere transferring of information. It needs to shift and inspire people through stories – which leads to my next point…
The second thing is that less is more! A common mistake made by presenters is information overload. Keynote presenters need to remember that their audience is unlikely to be as expert or as interested in the topic as they are. Pick the three most important and relevant points and deliver your message around those.
Stories rock! People relate to stories far more than they relate to a barrage of impressive facts. A good keynote uses great stories to back-up and reinforces the three main points being made.
Know your way. Don’t use your PowerPoint as a surrogate palm card! This is one of the most off-putting things a presenter can do. A clear and concise keynote is far easier to navigate than a regurgitation of a myriad of information and facts.
Practice. Yes, practice! Even as a professional you still need to practice to get the timing, cadence and placement of all the elements just right. It’s your responsibility to make an experience come alive for your audience. Winging it just won’t do.
Involve the audience. A keynote is not a workshop, so discussion groups won’t work. However, if you are bringing the audience along with you, you can get them involved by getting a raise of hands, a ‘yes’ and of course a laugh!
10-20-30. Entrepreneurs preparing pitches are encouraged to follow the 10-20-30 rule, it has application for all keynotes. 10 slides or less, 20 minutes or less and no font under 30 points in size. This speaks to the importance of getting the three key points right and the stories that bring those key points to life down pat.
Silence is golden. Great presenters use silence in two ways. Firstly, for effect. Making a powerful point and leaving silence after can make things hit home harder than shouting your point at the audience. The other use of silence is to let the audience catch up in their thinking. If an audience loses track, they switch off. Don’t go too fast.
If you are looking for a powerful keynote presentation on leadership, sales, communication, personal development or business growth, then you can’t go past James McNamara.