Keynote speakers are a very important aspect of conferences or other professional gatherings. By communicating the overall theme of the event, they serve to “prep” the audience for other talks and activities. Being tasked to be a keynote speaker can be daunting for some. It takes courage and wit to talk in front of a wide audience and share ideas with them. Regardless, there are some people who are willing to go the extra mile when it comes to delivering keynote speeches.
There are three ways to deliver a speech. Some may simply write it on a piece of paper and read from it. Others may use cue cards, relying partly on their memory to complete their speeches. Then there are some who specialize in extemporaneous speeches, creating each word on the spot.
Making keynote speeches using the extemporaneous approach has various benefits, including the following:
1) Since each word is generated spontaneously, the keynote speaker can change and modify the speech more easily to suit current needs. By not relying on a prepared script, the speaker is more able to interact actively with the audience.
2) The audience sees the speech as more authentic. People are more likely to think that the words really are coming from the speaker, as opposed to a speaker reading from a script which, for all the audience knows, may have come from a copywriter or ghostwriter.
3) Since there are no sheets of paper to hold or cards to grasp, the speaker is free to use gestures and actions which would have otherwise been difficult or awkward to perform.
4) The speech sounds more natural.
Like everything else, there are also some disadvantages with this technique, including the following:
1) The keynote speaker is more likely to forget parts of the intended speech.
2) Since there is no written copy to rely on, it is harder for the speaker to recover from mistakes.
3) Even if one manages to avoid forgetting parts of the speech, the spontaneity might make the speaker lose confidence.
Luckily, there are some ways for keynote speaker to deliver extemporaneous speeches. Firstly, the speaker must never forget the basics of preparing an ordinary keynote speech.
Anyone who wants to make a keynote speech must do lots of research. Speakers must take into account what organization or company they will be talking for, what ideas they will be promoting, and who they will talk in front of. They must then apply this knowledge in making a keynote speech which emphasizes the company ideas, communicates ideas clearly, and inspires the audience to learn more and take action.
They must be do their research carefully or risk being labeled as frauds. Every fact and idea they place must be checked for accuracy.
Keynote speakers must make sure that their speeches are interesting enough to deserve the attention of the audience, some of which may have little time to devote to things they consider useless. They might consider using alternative mediums, like video clips or images, in order to help them convey their ideas.
In addition, there are some pointers which an extemporaneous speaker might particularly find useful. These are the following:
1) Even though such a keynote speaker will not rely on written copy, it is still important to make a detailed outline of the speech. While delivering the speech, the speaker must remember the outline. This will make it less likely for the speaker to ruin the organization of ideas in the speech.
2) When practicing, one must resist the urge to simply memorize the whole speech. Instead, the speaker must focus on the delivery and flow of the speech and correct mistakes whenever necessary.
3) Since the speaker is more able to use gestures, the speaker must grab the opportunity to plan on what gestures would be appropriate for the event.
With enough preparation, a keynote speaker who decides to use the extemporaneous method will be rewarded with great delivery, lasting impact, and a sense of accomplishment.