Have You Ever Given a Keynote Speech?

  • sweating speakerImagine this…You’re on stage.

    A big microphone is right in front of you. It’s the biggest damned microphone you’ve ever set.

    Your eyes scan left to right over the huge crowd in front of you.  The audience is staring at you, waiting for you to start your talk. The stage lights are blinding you.

    The sweat is beading on your forehead. And everything you planned is forgotten.

    Your fear is called Glassophobia, but I don’t have it.

    If you own a business like I do, you need to overcome this fear. The bottom line is that presenters have enormous credibility as experts.

    I overcame my Glassophobia, and you can do it too.

    When a company found and contacted me to present at their big meeting in April, I decided to spend a lot of time doing research. That means talking to them more than once. It started last week.

    Had a nice long chat with the team behind the big company event at Foxwoods Casino. I’was hired by this $1.4 billion firm to deliver their keynote speech at their big company meeting event.

    I wanted to talk to them because I believe the more you personalize your talk, the better you will be. And I’m doing another call with them in 30 days.

    Keynote speaking is my #1 priority in 2014. You might think this crazy, but I LOVE public speaking. And if you want to grow your business, you need to overcome glassophobia too.

    But get ready for intensity.

    In closing, they said to me “Let us put some pressure on you, Jeff. We told the team that they would be hearing from you at this meeting – and they are VERY excited.” Wow!

    Now that I’ve overcome Glassophobia, I want to do more of this.

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    Here’s why you should hire Jeff Ogden to keynote your next big marketing event

  • Jeff as your marketing keynote speaker is fun, engaging and entertaining!

    “You were great at Social Media Action Camp (SMAC) and I’d love to hear you speak again.” – a man who heard Jeff deliver a keynote this event in NYC.

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    As an award-winning marketing expert, Creator and host of Marketing Made Simple TV, a professional writer and interviewer  - Jeff is unique and fun. And he is delivering a keynote speech on marketing to a large company on April 5th at Foxwoods Casino.

    Jeff Ogden is also the Founder and President of Find New Customers, which offers great b2b lead generation services to companies looking to grow the number and quality of sales opportunities.

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    5 Ways to Deliver a Kick-Ass Keynote Presentation

  • Recently, a large company hired Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers to be a keynote presenter at a big company meeting in 2014. With that in mind, and now that I’m officially a professional speaker,  I thought it might be helpful if I share five tips to help you become a better keynote speaker.

    (We just agreed on the speaking plan this morning. Meetings to get ready to deliver a kick-ass talk.)


    Dan Pink, best-selliing author and guest on Marketing Made Simple TV

    After all, there’s nothing I love more than getting up in front of men and women and entertaining them. That is exactly the kind of challenge I relish.

    Here are five way to help you to deliver an awesome keynote presentation in the next chance you get

    1. Know your audience
      It’s important that you spend some time with your sponsor to learn as much as you can. The more research you do, the more you can customize your presentation to your audience, making it even more effective and making you a great keynote speaker.
    2. Move
      There is nothing I hate more than to watch a speaker present from a podium. MOVE! Walk around and engage the audience. Don’t hide behind a podium. That is not what good keynote speakers do.
    3. Bullets are for killing things – not presentations
      Want to bore an audience? Create mind-numbing PowerPoints filled with bullet points. Bullets are for killing things, In my mind, more than five words on a slide is too many. Use pictures to tell you story in your keynote presentation. Want to show a 43% increase? Tip an arrow up by 43 degrees.
    4. Make fun of yourself
      Want your audience to love you? Then make yourself lovable and don’t take yourself too seriously.  People love people willing to make fun of themselves, so use self-deprecating humor in your keynote speech too.
    5. Make eye contact
      Public speaking is one of the top fears that people have. In fact, there’s even a clinical name for fear of public speaking – Glossophobia. But great keynote presenters know how to overcome their glossophia and look the audience squarely in the eyes to earn their trust.

    How do great speakers like Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy deliver such inspiring speeches? Nancy Duarte knows, and shares their inside secrets in “Secrets of the Great Communicators” on Marketing Made Simple TV.

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    Nancy Duarte

    What do you think of these keynote speaking tips? Did I miss anything or would you like to add a comment?

    If your company needs a terrific keynote speaker, please email me at host at marketingmadesimple.tv. I also want to thank the team for Jeffrey Hayzlett, for the invaluable support and advice in winning this.

    In addition to being a professional speaker, I’m also the Founder and President of Find New Customers, which offers great B2B lead generation services to companies looking to improve the flow of sales leads.