It is repeatedly joked about that most people fear public speaking more than they do death. And it is understandable, after all the number one piece of advice that is often received by someone about to perform their first speaking gig, is “just imagine that the audience is nude”. I don’t know about you, but a room full of nude Real Estate Agents, that wouldn’t make great viewing.
Perhaps its fortunate that our Speakers no longer have the need to imagine nudity, they’ve had 100’s if not 1000’s of hours of practice, and they actually love it. Give them an opportunity to take the floor, and they’re there before you’ve had to say… May I introduce….
On a more serious note, selecting the right talent and content for your next event can make or break the energy, and engagement of your audience, we’d love to help you get it right.
The term “keynote speaker” comes from the ritual of barbershop singers practicing a keynote before singing a song. In other words, the keynote sets the tone for the song, just as a good keynote speaker does in setting the tone for your event. Keynote speakers are used to create emotion around a certain topic, often through expert knowledge, humor, and energy.
When your audience gathers, they’re thinking about other things than the conference, they’re making mental lists, reviewing what they need to do when the event is over, not to mention stressing about the unfinished business back in the office. Our MC’s and Facilitators understand this and their role is to engage your audience and get them focused from the moment they run on stage – literally!
Panel sessions can provide some of the best “real” content of the day at an event; however they can also be the worst. Over the past 14 years our team has developed a strategy for ensuring Panels provide great take home value and show case their ‘stars” the panelists in the best possible light.
Given that most panelists are not seasoned speakers, it is crucial that preparation be done to ensure that as much information is extracted during the session.
To do this we;
1. Conduct a virtual pre interview of every panelist
2. Formulate session plan and the associated questions for each panelist, of course with a twist towards the outcome of your day
3. Seek feedback and content from the Panelists relating to their subject areas and direct questions for the session
4. Re work interview questions and formulate structure so that it flows freely on the day
5. Deliver “panel” session
A successful panel has the host fading into the background, an element of surprise for the panelists and great content for the audience.