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Five Techniques from Convention Speakers to Better Your Speeches

Convention speakers have a lot to teach but it's best to go up to a mic and practice your own techniques. Develop your own style to capture the eyes and ears of your audience.

Convention speakers have a lot to teach but it’s best to go up to a mic and practice your own techniques. Develop your own style to capture the eyes and ears of your audience.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Convention speakers really capture their audience with what they’re saying. Is it their vocabulary? Maybe the way they dress? Perhaps it’s simply because they’re good looking? Convention speakers have their own techniques for getting the crowd’s attention and making them believe what they say. Public speaking is an art and should be treated as such. Learning how to woo a crowd takes years of experience, but here’s a few things to get you started:

  1. Project your voice: There are probably a lot of people attending your speech – your crowd. You won’t always have a microphone, so it’s important that you project your voice all the way to the back so that everyone is on the same page.
  2. Speak clearly: They can’t just hear you; they have to understand you, as well. Don’t slur; proper diction is important when you want to get your point across.
  3. Emphasize key words: This is to show importance in that term. Emphasizing key words is a technique for getting the crowd to remember the idea of your speech.
  4. Explore the stage: Staring at one spot for the whole duration of a speech is boring and members of the crowd might be tempted to look away after a while. Move around so their eyes have something to track.
  5. Move your hands: Make expressions that go along with what you say. It catches attention and keeps the crowd interested in you.

Becoming a great public speaker doesn’t happen over night, so it’s good to grab all the opportunities you can get to practice before a real audience and accumulate experience. Before you know it, these techniques will become natural and you’ll be just as charismatic as other convention speakers.

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What a Keynote Speaker Does

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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