Everyone has something they’re good at doing. The thing is trying to find out what that particular thing is. And then once you find out, putting forward the effort to become good at it.
Being a keynote speaker is a job that not everyone is very good at. It takes time and patience. It also takes being open-minded similar to other areas of business coaching.
Secrets to Becoming a Keynote Speaker
Below are a few tips on becoming a good keynote speaker.
- find a niche
- determine the best audience
- attend seminars and practice
- speak for free
- advertise online
A niche is simply something that is done well by a person. They are good at it and feel very comfortable discussing it. A good piece of advice will be to continue to master this area.
The content is something that is familiar to the speaker. The subject is something that he/she already knows a good deal about. Now strengthening this knowledge is the key.
Next, discover the best type of audience. Sure many audiences will have an interest in this particular speech content. However, the speaker needs to find out what specific audiences will be enthusiastic about it?
What audience will be willing to pay to listen? What audiences will be willing to travel to hear this speaker? What audiences will be more than willing to spread by word of mouth good information concerning this speaker.
When this group is found, don’t lose them? Hand out business cards. Let them know where and when the next meeting will take place. Find out more about them. What does this group have in common? Use this information to locate others.
Practice, practice and more practice is what an upcoming successful speaker needs to do. Practice in front of friends and family. Old friends can be exceptionally honest, which is precisely what is needed. Ask them what they liked and didn’t like about the speech and then listen.
Attending seminars can be exciting and fun. Attending speech seminars can give an upcoming speaker quite a few pointers. Even if the seminar doesn’t relate to speaking, just watching how the professional speaker conducts himself is beneficial.
Giving free speeches is nothing new. Free speeches are given all the time, especially at charities. Consider giving free speeches to determine your abilities. To determine your strengths and weaknesses. Once the speaker is completely comfortable with his abilities he can then begin charging.
Online advertising can make a lot of sense when attempting to become known. Building a website exploring the skills of the speaker is an excellent idea. A website can allow customers who are looking for a speaker for certain events can be beneficial.
As the speaker continues to make himself known in this particular field, he may have to find employment doing other things. However, as he begins to move into other areas in order to make money, he needs to stay focused and not forget his main goal. Staying focused is vital.
And then there’s networking. Networking can be done anywhere. They can be done at school, at work, wherever. The speaker should talk about his/her specific skills, and their availability often. Handing out business cards to new colleagues is a smart move also. A speaker may not be needed by them now however, in the future they may need one.
Networking is key to putting the name of an individual out there. It’s key to putting the skills of a person out there. Networking should be done at each and every chance in a non-pressuring, confident way.