By Tracey Bloom | Feb. 14, 2017
When people attend a conference or other major event, they often rate the quality of the keynote speaker as one of the top things that determines how good – or how bad – their experience was. Here are some of the best practices for ensuring you find a great speaker who captures your attendees’ interest and imaginations.
Begin your search for a keynote speaker by generating a list of potential candidates and looking into their experience and background. There are many different sources that can help you come up with a list of names.
Once you have a list of potential speakers, it’s time to start doing some research. Since keynote speaker fees can range from $5,000 to over $25,000 (and even more for true celebrities), you want to do your research to make sure you’ll get the best return on investment from the keynote speaker you select.
Look at speakers’ websites and social media accounts – check to see whether their personal brand aligns with your vision and goals for the event. Make note of their fees – you should rule out anyone who’s out of your budget before you get too excited about him or her.
You also want to make certain you get to see how potential speakers actually present. Someone can look good on paper but fail to engage his or her audience in person. Check out videos of the speaker’s previous presentations to get an idea of how well he or she presents and inspires the audience.
The best speakers know how valuable preparation and research are in their speaking engagements. You want someone who knows his or her stuff, but who is willing to take the time to tailor his or her message to the theme, goals, and audience at your specific event. A really great keynote speaker can take his or her standard message and customize it in a genuine and inspiring way for each individual audience. As you interview potential speaker candidates, ask about how they take on this task.