Before I became a keynote speaker, I was a frequent conference attendee. I can still remember the excitement of attending my first RE/MAX Convention—a big part of the thrill was the hope that I’d get to meet and spend time with the conference speakers, who were real estate heroes of mine.
Over the years at the many conferences I’ve attended, I’ve witnessed many keynote speakers who fly in, give their speech, sign a few books, and leave as soon as they can get a cab back to the airport. As a conference-goer, I find it so disappointing to have such a short window of time with the speaker.
I have also seen a lot of duds on stage—speakers that lack enthusiasm, don’t command their material and appear almost as if they don’t want to be there. Such lethargic keynote talks can really suck the life out of any audience. I’ve felt that happen.
That’s why I do things differently.
Whenever my schedule allows, I like to stay for the entire conference. I love having the time to connect with conference attendees and to hear their stories. That takes a little more time, but it provides for a more valuable experience—for the attendees, for your event, and for me.
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