How To Spot A Bad Keynote Speaker

Sometimes, it’s not that simple to differentiate a bad speaker from a good speaker. Both are usually eloquent, charming and charismatic. They are speakers after all so they’ll be great at convincing you that they can give the best speech.

How do you spot the bad egg from the good one?

If you’ve been given the challenging task of finding the right keynote speaker for an upcoming company event then you may just have your work cut out for you.

Below are some of the traits and characteristics that can help you determine if your speaker is a bad one.

1. He has poor people skills

At the initial meeting, you can size up your speaker immediately by how he relates to you and how he talks to you. Does he make you feel comfortable while he is talking? Is he abrupt and too quick to dismiss your ideas? Does he sound arrogant and act like he already knows what he is doing? Does he use language, which is deemed inappropriate in a professional setting?

Good Speakers

These are signs that the speaker is being unprofessional and has poor people skills. His actions and tone at the initial meeting will give you a preview of how he will most likely talk to your audience at the company event.

2. He is often AWOL

Most professional speakers would meet or make contact with their client after the contract has been signed and payments have been made at least 1-2 times before the scheduled event. They’d also give feedback to the client whenever the client asks them how they are progressing. If your speaker suddenly disappears after he got his 50% down payment and won’t answer your calls or emails then you may have a hired a bad egg. No matter how busy a person is, if he values his clients, he will make time to contact you.

3. He does not make inquiries about the event

Keynote speakerThis is a red flag right here. The speech of a keynote speaker has to be closely tied with the purpose of the event. If he does not even bother to ask what the event is or what he is expected to say then you should be worried.

Good speakers ask about the company’s purpose, who are the target audience, how many people will be in attendance, who are the other speakers and other important information that will make him a more effective speaker at your event. He will be talking, at least in part, about your company so he should know more about it.

4. He has too many props in his presentation

Stipulate in your contract that the speaker will submit a rough draft of his presentation at least 2 weeks before the event. This will give you some time to find a replacement if you find you don’t like his presentation.

His presentation should be neat and orderly. If he uses too many props and his presentation is littered with spreadsheets and irrelevant images then he may not be that effective in giving his speech. Of course how he will deliver his speech still matters, but too much unnecessary elements on the presentation can be confusing and may make the audience lose their focus on the topic.

5. He talks fast

Guest SpeakersA good keynote speaker should know how to pace his speech and tone so that the audience can grasp the concepts that he is discussing. Before meeting with the speaker, ask him for a sample of his work or search for them online. Most speakers will have their own website showcasing their abilities so ask your potential speaker if he has one. Be your own sleuth and find out how he talks to the audience by attending an event where he is the speaker.

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6. His style does not match your company’s overall image

You wanted to hire a speaker who is well known, but his style of speaking may offend the major shareholders of the company who have traditional views. This does not necessarily mean he’s a bad speaker. It just means that he’s not the right one for your event. No matter how badly you want to hire him if he’s not the right fit, don’t force it.

Bad keynote speakers won’t always exhibit these kinds of behaviors in the first few meetings. Sometimes, it’s not until the event itself that you will find out that you hired the wrong one. To avoid this, always be cautious and learn more about your speaker before hiring him.

7 Ways of Using Lapel Pins

Thinking of a cost-effective and elegant way to reward employees, promote the company’s brand or to actively stay in a community? Check out these 7 ways of using lapel pins in different people’s situations.

  1. Meeting new customers. Trade shows are one sure way of meeting thousands of prospective clients in person over a short period of time. Even if they are being introduced to each other, how many among them can still know and remember each other the day after? Instead of giving out business cards or coupons that are more likely to be forgotten, why not give a lapel pin that’s designed like the company’s logo? Not only that it can be easily pinned to any type of fabric, it also serves as a branding for every business.
  2. Rewarding loyalty. Annual events and festivals enable the business to enjoy its success and rewarding its best customers through the years as well. Free items, foods and balloons can make the celebration full of fun but issuing a lapel pin that’s created for the occasion will surely remind everyone of their undying commitment to serve each and every customer.
  3. Lapel PinsSponsoring different sporting events. Planning to reach hundreds of prospective customers quickly? Conducting a “pin day” during a particular event will surely do the work for a business. Using custom designed pins with the company’s logo as giveaways to the first 1,500 people who will watch a live NBA game might be a good idea. Another exciting business idea is to add discounted offers on services or products every time they will visit the store wearing their pins.
  4. Recognizing employees. When the employees are happy and highly engaged, there will be an improved results on their level of customer service and productivity which can lead to higher profits. One way of honoring their contributions and achievements is by giving tokens of appreciation to them. Gift cards and paper certificates will surely make employees feel their value in the organization they work for but these things fade and tend to be forgotten easily. Alternatively, lapel pins can be proudly used or displayed in a shelf for years. For those people who are working on that same company for a long time now, constantly meeting the expected quality of work or just celebrating an important milestone in their career, these pins reflect the memories they can share to others.
  5. Rewarding volunteers. Recognize people who are always willing to donate their time, money and effort to an organization without expecting in return. Giving a small form of gratitude like a lapel pin is one way of thanking them. In addition, when they proudly wear the pin, it could also help in raising awareness of the organization’s cause.
  6. Recognizing top performers. Giving out awards during fund raising campaigns is one way of appreciating the hard work of all people who supported the activities. Use color-coded pins to signify rankings and it will surely provide a friendly and healthy competition among the volunteers. Now, that’s exciting to see who’s up to achieve the “diamond” ranking.
  7. Announcing candidacy. Politicians who are looking for memorable alternatives for posters and flyers should consider using customized lapel pins. Not only that these pins talk about endorsement, these also reflect politicians’ strong commitment and values.

Whatever the usage is, one sure thing is that the look of these pins works to convey messages to people. More importantly, lapel pins are affordable enough to be used on different occasions. The design only requires artwork, color matching and craftsmanship and that’s all. Keep in mind that these pins reflect a particular branding, so make sure that they are on top quality when made.