It's the day of your big conference at which you are giving a speech. So how ready are you? Fully prepared, of course. But there's still one or two more things that you can do before you consider giving your conference speech.
5 Tips For Giving Your Conference Speech
Set Up. You want to set up beforehand. So aim to meet with the conference organiser or the technical manager...an hour or two before giving your speech, perhaps. Your conference organiser will finalise arrangements for:
Aim to check over the lighting, so you know how bright it will be. Remember to check whether you can read your script or notes on the lectern. Can you see the audience from the podium? Note that this is your opportunity to test everything, so do just that. Practise with the microphone provided by the organisers. Because you don't want to begin your conference speech with the words:
"testing, testing 1, 2, 3..."
It's so amateurish. Similarly, the question, "can you see me at the back," also suggests you have done no preparation.
Meet. Aim to meet your audience for coffee or breakfast before your conference speech. Introduce yourself and ask questions about the people you meet.
Top Tips For Giving Your Conference Speech
Introduction. You want someone to introduce you to the audience before you start giving your speech. Therefore you should help them to make it happen.
Timing. If you have a schedule to speak for 15 minutes, then that's your maximum. It's not a target that you can over-run. So deliver your conference speech on time and to time. Aim to keep everyone happy.
Questions. Depending on the conference, questions might follow your speech. So you need to know the rules for your event. Some conferences have questions after each speaker. And others have panel questions at the end of each morning or afternoon session. You should know the right format for your conference and so keep everyone even happier.
Whatever the conference, these tips for giving your speech should help you make an impact on the day. Good luck. You can always get more tips about giving conference speeches with public speaking coaching or a half-day skills refresher. And, because we use more than 40 training centres, you are never that far from your nearest venue,
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