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Tips on Giving Your Best Keynote Presentation

It’s Show Time! 

So, you’ve been asked to present a keynote? Good on ya!  Now comes the fun (and nerve wracking) part.  It’s show time! 

Confidence is Key 

Giving a keynote presentation can be a bit nerve wracking, for some, it can be downright terrifying.  When getting prepped for the main event, remind yourself of one thing:  Be confident.  You are the expert.  There is a reason that you’ve been asked to present the keynote, so show your audience why.  Sure, sometimes having confidence is easier said than done, but don’t worry.  We Sharpies have got you.  Follow these simple tips, and your confidence will help make you and your product shine. 

Practice makes perfect 

We’ve discussed sales demo best practices before, and there’s no reason these shouldn’t apply to giving your best keynote presentation. However, the one best practice that we can’t drive home enough is rehearse. REHEARSE! Just when you think you can’t possibly look at your keynote presentation one more time, do it.  Knowing your presentation through and through will naturally lead you to building up your confidence for the big day.  Know your demo steps like the back of your hand.  Most importantly know how to represent your value proposition. 

Have a Keynote Game Plan 

Once you have your presentation down, practice on your devices.  Practice on what you will use during your keynote presentation and practice on any backup devices.  You can’t predict everything that will happen, but you need to have a plan for when the unexpected occurs.  Knowing how to navigate through multiple devices will help ensure the confidence in yourself and in your presentation in the event a glitch occurs. 

It sounds easy enough, but when prepping for your keynote, make a packing list.  We promise, you won’t regret it.  Pack your main devices, backup devices, every cord you think you can possibly need, spare batteries, contact numbers…the list can go on and on.  Your keynote is a production, pack like it. 

Communicate your Keynote Plans 

Don’t be afraid to communicate with your tech and stage crews.  These people will be your best friends during your keynote presentation, so it is best to have open communication.  Make expectations clear on all sides and each of you will know what to expect during the event.  Voice your concerns and questions.  Most importantly, have a walkthrough of your presentation with these crews to ensure that everyone is on the same page for the day of.  Understand the tech. Know what channels your primary and back up devices are on. You don’t want any confusion between you and your tech team. 

Connect with Your Audience 

You are the voice of your business and product.  Get your audience excited.  If you are excited, your audience will be excited.  If your audience is excited, they will want to hear what you have to say.   There is nothing worse than having to listen to someone that isn’t passionate about what they are presenting.  If the speaker thinks that keynote presentation is an obligation and nothing more, then the audience will think the same.  Be passionate about your product and keynote presentation, and the audience will soon fall in line. 

Lastly, there are a few things you can do directly before your keynote presentation for that confidence boost and sanity check. 

  • Dress for Success. Dress for the presentation environment, but dress comfortably.  If you don’t feel good about what you are wearing, it will show.  Wear an outfit that you feel good in. 
  • Take a Break. Give yourself a 15-minute breather before your presentation starts.  Get some water and take a bio-break.  Take these minutes for yourself and relax.  Everything else is taken care of. 
  • Don’t make any last-minute changes! You’ve practiced enough.  You and your production crews are on the same page and ready to go.  Don’t risk losing this by making unnecessary changes at the last minute. 

Take a deep breath and have fun!  Giving a keynote presentation is a huge honor, and you will rock it.  Believe in yourself and believe in your product.  The rest will fall into place. 


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