Secrets To Becoming a Professional Keynote Speaker

Speaking in front of a lot of people is already a nerve-racking task. Not everyone has the talent or the courage to go up a stage and speak in front of a lot of people, much less deliver a message with confidence and power. If you belong to the small percent of people who do have what it takes to become great in the field of public speaking, mastering your talent should be a priority.

One of the jobs that public speakers do is being a keynote speaker for events. Knowing that you already have the confidence and the charisma to charm people into believing whatever it is you say, there are still other advices you need to take in order to ensure your success.

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•    Always assume that your audience is smart enough to understand what you are saying so as not to sound condescending, but do not assume that they know as much about the topic as you. If you are an expert on the subject you are going to discuss, it can be pretty easy to assume that everyone is an expert too, when they most probably aren’t.

•    Do not be too dramatic in your speech. Regardless of what you learned from your drama class, do not turn your presentation into a Shakespearean play, with all the emphasis on the enunciation and on the hand motions. Make yourself look natural. The job of a keynote speaker is not to impress, but to express.

•    Give something tangible for the audience that they can take back home. It might sound like a not so glamorous job to do, but as a keynote speaker, you should ensure that the impact of your speech goes beyond the walls of the venue by giving the audience something they can keep. You can do this by putting a little card containing the message you wish to express, or the key points of your speech, on every seat. You can ask for someone’s help if the venue is too large.

•    Never memorize your speech. Remember that understanding is much more valuable than memorizing. Ingrain the outline of your speech in your head, but never memorize every single line in your speech, as this only makes your speech sound rehearsed. Not only will your presentation look and sound much more authentic, but you will also eliminate the fear of forgetting your lines.

•    Never speak for free. Professional speakers never speak for free. What happens to a keynote speaker who speaks for free is that he is rewarded with only more opportunities to speak for free, without getting any chance of actually being hired to speak for a fee. This is called “death from exposure”, and this can easily happen to you if you find it okay not to accept payment.

Look at it this way: event organizers are willing to spend on the small serving of food in the hallway outside the event venue, but they find it hard to pay for the main event itself, which is you. Event organizers should give you a fare fee for your speech, and in return, you should give them the best value for the money they paid by inspiring and informing their audience.

•    Take your career as a keynote speaker in different places, maybe even abroad. The world is huge, there are a lot of wonderful people in different parts of the world, and they will most likely benefit from what you have to share. If you get the chance to speak in some place exotic or new, such as in another country, you can also bring your family along. Visit www.motivational-speaker-success.com to know the more secrets about  professional keynote speakers.

Employee engagement: The importance of leadership

Credible leadership is critical at maintaining employee engagement. Employees look to the company leadership for inspiration and to uphold justice and fairness in the workplace. Once the delicate relationship between the company leadership and employees are destroyed, it is very difficult to just even try establishing it again. Here are ways how leadership can help nurture employee engagement.

Leaders should communicate where they are heading.

markRegular Communication also gives a hint to employees that they are not forgotten. Part of communicating is making employees understand the company’s vison and goals. It must be clearly stated why they are important and how to achieve those goals and what are the employees’ part (and importance) on that goal. This ensures that your employees efforts are not wasted because it is not in line with company visions and goals.

Leaders should know their people.

It is helpful to learn how your employees are wired, what are their aspirations, goals, and priorities. That way, you will have an idea what role is for your employees. Giving employees roles with the right degree of difficulty and challenge makes employee engagement easier.

Leaders should exude positivist and must always give affirmations.

Talent ManagementGiving positive feedback at once can help turn good practices into habits. This can boost an employee’s confidence in going about his/her work leading him/her to be more satisfied. Constructive criticisms given in private will also communicate a sense of sincerity especially if you are honest, employees will appreciate it more and will give them a hint that leaders are genuinely concerned with them. Employees are remarkably keen at searching for improvements, they want concrete feedback and it is the responsibility of the leaders to give feedback as soon as possible. This will serve to enforce beneficial practices and correct destructive ones.

Leaders organize teams.

Organizing teams can make employees enjoy work well and an excellent means of building camaraderie. Not all employees are followers; some are also leaders and giving those hidden leaders a time to shine and show their talents will work well to give them challenge. This especially works well  for high performers.

Leaders share decision making with employees.

Shared-decision making is a way to give employees ownership and a sense of importance to the company. The feeling of being a part of something bigger than oneself can hasten employee engagement.

Leaders facilitate accountability.

Accountability breeds employee engagement. Employees feel cheated if they feel that the efforts that they put are just dismissed or some lapses of their fellow employees go unpunished.

Leaders provide inspiration.

It is critical for leaders to create an environment where the employees can release their full potential. Being inspirational is one step to do that. A leader should not demand employees to listen to him/her; a leader sets up a system where people would want to listen to him/her. Leaders should make employees feel their importance in the organization or company they belong too no matter how big or small they perceive their roles.

Leaders must micro-managing and promote autonomy.

High performing engaged employees feel empowered if they have a say over how they go about their work. As such, leaders should favor guidelines instead of rules.

Leaders must be fair.

The most productive lot in the company gets frustrated when fairness in judgment of their leaders becomes questionable. This is especially true for promotions. If ever there are instances that someone of questionable demeanor and performance gets promoted. Leaders must always uphold justice and fairness in the workplace.

Leaders challenge their employees.

Top performers liked to be challenged occasionally. Giving new tasks and roles that are new for a top-performing employee will serve to stimulate them. However, it is unethical to make employees face challenges if they are not equipped to do so. As a leader, you should make sure to provide hints, tips and even training if you will decide to do so.