Challenges of a Keynote Speaker

Keynote motivators may always appear to be confident and experts in what they do but it does not mean that they do not encounter any challenges. Just like everybody else, there are also instances that could slow down the momentum of our keynote motivators.

Although motivators appear knowledgeable and at ease while talking in front of many people, there are times that they may feel apprehensive in delivering a speech. It may not always show, but every motivator had felt anxious at one point or another. It may have been during the early years of their speaking careers.

We have listed some of the reasons why a speaker could feel anxious during a speech.

• Speaking about an Unfamiliar Topic

Keynote motivators are not always experts about every topic that they talk about. Keynote speakers are paid speakers that are invited to talk about a certain topic. In most cases, organizations or groups would invite a speaker who is an expert on a certain topic. However, the expert on the topic may not be a good speaker or may be unavailable. Therefore, the group might end up inviting someone else who could discuss the topic to the crowd.


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If the invited speaker is not familiar with the topic and it turns out to be more complicated than expected, then the speaker might feel anxious about discussing it with other people. This is particularly true in events wherein the audience has an option to ask questions during the discussion.

• Not being able to Build a Connection with the Crowd

The response of the audience is not always the same. There are cases when the crowd would not respond according to the desired reaction that the speaker would like to receive from them.

Yes, it is the job of the keynote speaker to set the flow of the conversation but in order to make it work the crowd must also participate in a certain manner to set the mood.
Of course, it is not the responsibility of the crowd to respond accordingly to the speaker. The keynote speaker is the one that is being paid for to talk, so he must do everything to get everyone’s attention and focus on the topic.

This becomes a challenge then if after several attempts of winning the attention and interest of the crowd, the speaker still fails to elicit the kind of response he wants. This scenario could break the enthusiasm of the speaker as well. If this happens, then it results to a boring and ineffective speech. In short, it becomes a waste of time and effort for everyone.

• Convincing the Crowd

Keynote SpeakerWinning the attention of the audience and getting them to participate during the discussion or speech is a different story from persuading or convincing them to support the advocacy of the gathering or event. It does not always follow that just because the audience is lively that they will always support what the keynote speaker has talked about.

The main purpose that a speaker is invited during an event is because the group or organization conducting the event would like their attendees to support their cause or advocacy at the end. The main job of the speaker is to educate the attendees about the topic or purpose of the gathering. However, the end goal is always to make them support the objective of the organization.

The speaker is just the messenger of the organization but the huge responsibility of convincing the audience relies on them. Making the majority of the audience a promoter of the organization is huge task to fulfil. It is difficult to get the buy in of the people you have just met for the first time.

These are just three of the many challenges that a keynote speaker faces during an event or a speech. In most cases, those who encounter these challenges are speakers who are just starting in their careers. Although there might be veteran speakers who might still face the same type of dilemmas on rare occasions.

The good thing about motivational speakers is that despite all challenges that they face on regular basis, they are still able to carry on with their task. Perhaps they are really called motivators for this reason. They are able to surpass these challenges without the audience knowing it. They become great actors on the stage and live by the rule that the show must go on.

Eventually, speakers learn to adapt to the different challenges. They understand that it is just a part of their life and that if they no longer encounter any challenges then that might mean that they have been complacent in their careers.