What Is a Keynote Speaker at a Conference?
Are you hosting a gathering or conference sometime in the near future? Do you want to find a way to make sure that whatever you plan resonates with your audience?
Curious about what one is and why you should have one?
After you read this post, you’ll wonder how you thought you could do an event without a keynote!
What is a Keynote Speaker?
Essentially, a keynote speaker can be seen as a special guest there to drive home the theme of your event. They’re typically experts in their field and can be a big motivator for attendees to RSVP to your event.
There are typically two kinds you bring into an event: an opener or a closer.
An opener is brought in to set the tone of the event. They’ll be able to let the audience know what they have to look forward to throughout the course of the day, and can even serve as a way to get people excited about the material.
A closer will be able to end the conference on a high note. The topic they speak about will be able to further drive home the theme of the event, and gives your event a much needed “big finish”.
What Makes a Good One?
Their subject matter expertise may differ, but there are some universal qualities that every good keynote speaker has. When you’re searching for one for your event, make sure you find someone with the three following important qualities.
Confidence can do wonders for an accomplished speaker.
Those with a high level of confidence appear more credible and intelligent to the audience. It could even help them seem more likeable, and like they’re someone the audience should trust.
2. Stage Presence
Someone can be very accomplished in their field, but they may be bad at speaking in front of big crowds.
When you’re selecting one, having a solid stage presence is critical. You’re going to want someone that isn’t just comfortable in front of a large crowd, they also know how to read a room and get people excited.
Your speaker is going to have to add value to your event. People aren’t going to your event or conference to get information they could get anywhere else.
Make sure that they have an original take on the topic they’re focusing on. Go with someone that can teach the audience something important, or give them a fresh perspective on an important topic.
Find Your Keynote Today
A keynote speaker can be what you need to tie your event together. We know how important finding the right person can be, that is why we’re here to help you.
Regardless of if you’re interested in finding someone for a small event or a big corporate conference, we have what you need. Be sure to contact us today so we can get started finding the right speaker for your event.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.