3 Biggest Mistake Keynote Presenters Make Regularly

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Just because keynote presenters do a lot of presentations, it doesn’t mean they are perfect speakers. Many of them have strong presentation mechanics — eye contact, volume, tone, hand gestures, and even engage the audience well. Most keynote presenters regularly make three mistakes, mostly because they are just walking through the motions. A keynote speaker’s volume of speaking engagements and the hectic travel schedule is the biggest reason why these mistakes happen.

3 Biggest Mistake Keynote Presenters Make Regularly

  • web_offer_banner_3_contentmarketingPassion Goes Stale – Over time keynote presenters get tired and their presentation gets repetitive, so they tend to speak more monotone and lack the energy they once had when more fresh. Good keynote speakers present 250-300 times a day, usually in different cities each day. It is a rough schedule and that much travel will wear on anyone. Speakers need to remember why they started speaking and the power of sharing their message.
  • Lack Showing Their Personality – Many speakers, beginner and experienced, are too conservative and hide their personality by playing it too safe. A speaker engages the audience with their personality and great speakers are remembered by their message and their personality. Whether you have an accent, an odd upbringing, or a quirky personality — you need to show it off because that is you.
  • Speak Generically to Each Audience – After a while, each audience blends into the other and keynote presenters tend to get lazy and say the same thing every time. I understand how it is easier to say the same thing, but it makes presenting dull and why many speakers get stale. While working at the zoo, I did over 1,000 presentations, sometimes six presentations in a single day about the same thing. I had to mix things up for my sanity and, more importantly, for my audience’s sake. You need to tailor your message and presentation to each audience. Luckily, your audience probably won’t vary as much as mine did at the office — from preschoolers to Biology AP high school classes to the elderly. I experimented with what I said and paid attention to how it resonated with each audience, so I could improve my message and make my presentations more effective. (That is how I came up with my Speak Simple Process.)

The most important thing keynote speakers need to do to prevent these mistakes is to stop once-and-awhile to break the mononity, and to remember each audience is unique and need a presentation tailored to them.

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