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What a Keynote Speaker Does

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The job of the keynote speaker is to introduce you to the show.

The keynote speaker has the singular responsibility to charm, cajole, make you laugh, inspire and motivate you to enjoy the conference to the fullest.

When you go to a convention, the keynote speaker is sort of the rock star. When you go to a convention, there are a lot of speeches and seminars to attend. Speeches are a one-time thing. Seminars on the other hand, can be half or full day and the information received in a seminar is more detailed and comprehensive – like taking a class at school.

Set Up Around a Theme

Each convention, either an association or corporate, has some kind of theme that the conference is centered around. For instance, the ComicCon, where people who love comic books and fiction come together, have fun, and learn about up coming events involving their favorite character/stars.

The keynote speech establishes the principle-underlying theme of everything and the core message of the convention.

Make ‘Um Laugh

It is an honor to be asked to be the keynote speaker. Yours is going to be the show that everyone wants to see. Planners of these events want their first speaker to be someone who is going to grab the attention of the audience, make them laugh, and get them excited about the rest of the convention.

The speeches are usually lacking in substance as they are meant to inspire the audience about taking advantage of everything the meeting offers. The job of the keynote speaker is to make you laugh, cry, and become inspired.

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