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How to Find the Right Keynote Speaker for Your Corporate Event

The right keynote speaker is crucial if you want your event to be a success. A speaker has the power to make your event take on certain characteristics – it could be lively, serious, fun, and whatever you need it to be. What’s most important is to invite a speaker who can hold the audience’s attention for the entire duration of their speech. Today we’re going to explore a few ideas on identifying a speaker’s strengths and matching them to your event. To that end, we’re going to ask a few key questions in order to help you construct an idea of your ideal keynote speaker.

What are your goals?

Choosing a speaker usually begins with what you want the audience to hear. It’s not ideal to choose a speaker based solely on how good they are at what they do, as they could specialise in a form of public speaking that’s inappropriate for your event. Pick someone who fits the message you want to deliver to your audience. This alone can make a difference; an audience could be confused and less likely to engage if they feel like they’ve been delivered something they didn’t sign up for.

What are the speaker’s goals?

While hiring a keynote speaker, it’s important to remember that it’s a partnership – you can both get a lot out of the relationship if you work as a team. Usually, a meet-and-greet with the speaker is offered up front. Don’t skip this meeting! It’s important to hear what your guest speaker thinks of as their main strengths directly from them. This is an essential source of information for planning your event.

What is the event about?

Is it an event to raise funds, something to inspire your company workforce, or is it to raise awareness about a certain topic? You need to understand that the framework of a corporate event can significantly change how you’ll need to structure it. Beyond just identifying your emotive themes and goals, knowing the tangible architecture of your event will help you pick the right motivational speaker.

How much will it cost?

Finally, you’ll have to estimate the costs of bringing in a speaker. Consider the length of your event, whether it’s just for a day or for a few days. If you plan to host your event out of town, liaise directly with your keynote speaker about whether or not you need to cover their accommodation. Having these conversations up-front will save you a headache later.

Choosing the right keynote speaker: the final say

 Remember that, when talking to speakers, you should have a basic idea of the cost, the event theme, and what your audience is expecting. Focusing on these and putting the time and effort into comprehensive planning could turn a sub-par event into one your audience will remember for the rest of their lives!

And to learn more about keynote speaking services from the team here at QRisk, contact us today! We can help you take your event to the next level.

Keynote speakingPaul Walsh