When was the last time you listened to a speaker and felt energized because the presentation made you laugh, remember something, think about the future, or maybe even shed a tear or two?
You felt a connection. You left the event ready to make a change. Maybe you even had an epiphany.
A talented speaker can make all that happen and more.
We connect deeply through stories, and audiences appreciate stories that educate, motivate, entertain and inspire. The human brain adores stories. An excellent narrative keeps us engaged throughout the story as tension builds and the audience recognizes the emotions experienced by the characters.
Narrative tension causes the human brain to release oxytocin, the chemical that assists with social interaction and bonding. Savvy public speakers know how to create an emotional tie with their audiences by using storytelling.
The right public speaker can move an audience to take action, whether that’s to join you in a cause or help listeners change their behavior. It’s all part of the compelling narrative that the speaker shares with the audience.
WHEN YOU NEED A PUBLIC SPEAKER
Whether you’re holding an awards ceremony or putting on a full-fledged conference, you’re probably hoping that you won’t have to do the speaking.
The good news is that you don’t have to.
You can hire one or more public speakers to step in and speak to your assembly.
The benefit of enlisting the services of a public speaker is that it frees you up to do other things. A professional public speaker will also help to add interest and enthusiasm to your venue.
Consider hiring a professional speaker when you:
- Want to motivate an audience
- Are seeking a subject matter expert
- Need someone to present an educational session
- Have planned entertainment after a meal
- Are holding a corporate event
- Desire to bring about change in a team
- Must start a conference or training with a dynamic burst of energy
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT SPEAKER
There are thousands of professional public speakers from which to choose for your event. You’ll want the person you hire to be engaging as well as informative. Your professional speaker should be someone who can cause the audience to take action immediately.
The public speaker you choose should:
- Tell a good story
- Be passionate about the topic
- Know how to use humor
- Show flexibility in meeting your needs
- Be an awesome listener
- Have a style that fits your requirements
- Leave with a call to action
HIRING A SPEAKER
Are you ready to hire a speaker for your next event?
These are some things to think about:
Who is the audience?
A speaker will tailor a speech as much as possible to meet the needs of your audience. A speaker who refuses to customize the content to your goals may be a poor fit for your event.
What is the one thing the audience must know?
Tell the speaker what the goal of the meeting or conference is. Knowing what end you have in mind can help the professional speaker do a better job for you.
How long does the speaker have for speaking to the audience?
Give the presenter an idea of the required length.
Is the question/answer period part of the allotted time for the speech? Will the speaker need to be available after the lecture for photos or a social hour?
Is there a meal before, during, or after the speech?
Your public speaker will want to know if people will be distracted during the presentation, or if they’ll be fighting carbohydrate coma and trying to stay awake.
Some speakers will not keynote during a meal because of the distraction that food and clanging cutlery can be.
Have you selected an emcee?
Longer conferences usually require an emcee, and this may be the person introducing the speaker, or you might do the introductions yourself.
You might even be able to hire a professional speaker to emcee your event. The profession emcee will assist with program pacing by creating bridges and transitions between activities.
What topics can the speaker suggest?
You might know exactly what you want, or you may have only a general idea of what you want to be presented.
Professional speakers can offer ideas that will fit your program needs, or they may already have a presentation that seems tailor-made for the goals of your program.
Does the speaker have a speaking contract?
Most professional speakers have a contract that spells out their responsibility for the event, and some may be agreeable to using a legal agreement that you prefer.
Discuss the contract up front, making sure that the contents are agreeable to both parties. In addition to the name, date, and location, look for the session title, fees, and presentation requirements. There may also be travel expenses, a per diem, and audiovisual requirements to consider.
Some of the topics in the Broad Nib Creek Studio collection include the following titles. The speeches vary in length.
Go Big or Go Home
The difference between doing a good job and being great at what you do depends on the amount of commitment you are willing to invest. This speech takes its cue from legendary rockers who know that the only way to the top is to be all in. They know how to go big or go home.
The Leader as Coach
Times have changed. Has your leadership style? Bosses who take the time to encourage employees by asking the right questions are 21st-century leaders. Everyone can be a visionary leader who brings out the best in coworkers. During this presentation, audience members learn how to coach up and down in an organization.
Creating the Balance to Thrive
Juggling a career, education, and family can be as overwhelming as it is rewarding. Rather than merely survive, learn how to thrive as you master multiple areas of your life.
Give Yourself Grace
We are usually the hardest on ourselves because we set a standard that’s impossible to achieve. While ambitious goals can be satisfying, it’s equally important to know how to accept shortcomings when they happen. It’s all about giving yourself grace.
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
This classic traditional tale of self-sacrifice and love is a holiday favorite because it demonstrates the real meaning of not only Christmas but also selflessness.
The Golden Speech, by Queen Elizabeth I
No one understood her audience better than this ruler. As a woman leading in a man’s world, Queen Elizabeth I knew her way around balancing charm, diplomacy, and sovereignty. This speech capitulated her to prominence as a master of public relations. Delivered in Elizabethan costume.
Fear of Flying
If you’ve ever experienced turbulence – both in the air and when dealing with relatives – then you understand that dealing with both at the same time can be an adventure as much as it is an annoyance.
The world knows Texans for their wild tales, strong accents, and expressive idioms. Pull up your boots and hang onto your hats because this speech combines all three for a raucous exploration of the linguistic latitude that is totally Texan.
Other presentations in brain theory, learning styles, working with at-risk youth and motivational topics. Speaking venues have included Education Service Centers in Texas, numerous state education conventions, non-profits, meetings in Texas, and speech contests.
PRICING AND HIRING
Pricing for an event varies on the length and technical needs of the speech or presentation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information.
Reach out to discuss availability.
Travel expenses, if required, are in addition to speaking fees.
Give Me a Quote!
Making a toast or a presentation?
You’ll want to say all the right things. Keep your audience interested from beginning to end. And wouldn’t it be great if you could be funny, too?
You can do all those things.
All it takes is tapping into the services of a speechwriter.
Speechwriters will take your message’s intent and create a well-organized speech that allows you to engage your audience throughout the presentation. There’s more to Speech Writing than that, though.
Some people wonder if they can just read their report instead of giving a speech.
The answer is probably not.
Speeches are constructed differently than written content. Your business or scientific report is likely at a much higher grade level than a spoken presentation. That's because the best addresses are written at a fifth or sixth-grade level.
We'd never suggest that you'd be speaking to an intermediate-level audience, but speaking at this level allows the audience to listen and interpret your message.
Also, you'll need the right amount content for your speech. The length of your written toast or keynote will be based on the average number of words spoken per minute, which is 160.
Then there's the organization.
Purpose drives the organization every time, and your speechwriter can help you select the right structure for your message. For example, entertainment speeches have a different structure than persuasive speeches, and delivering a presentation has unique requirements as well.
You’ll also want to include relevant anecdotes from your experiences. We have a template we use for personalizing speeches. When you hire the Broad Nib Creek Studio for your presentation needs, you can either fill out the questionnaire or we can talk through on the phone or via Skype.
Here at the Broad Nib Creek Studio, we write mainly presentations and keynotes, but our portfolio includes a variety of public speaking events, ranging from small audiences to more than a thousand people.
Who needs a speechwriter?
- Anyone having to make a toast
- Political candidates
- Someone giving an acceptance speech
- A person delivering a retirement speech
- Executives and managers addressing teams
- Community members speaking to the local property owner’s association or school board
- Friend or family member giving a eulogy
- Keynote speakers
Hire the Broad Nib Creek Studio to write the speech your audience needs.
Write My Speech!
Whether you write your own speech or have the studio do it for you, you’ll be the one delivering it.
Standing on the stage or at the lectern to deliver a presentation can be scary. If you’ve done your preparation beforehand, the butterflies in your stomach will settle down, and you’ll give an outstanding speech. What’s more, your audience will appreciate the hard work you’ve put into delivering the speech.
How do you make sure you’re at the top of your game?
Work with a presentation coach on:
- Vocal variety
- Diction and accents
- Speaking rate
- Effective use of pauses
- Moving across the speaking area
- Working with props
- Using a slide presentation
Presentation coaching usually takes one to three hours, which can be broken into 30-minute increments to allow practice time in between sessions. The length depends on your unique needs and what you want to accomplish.
It will be a lot of work, and most of that work, you’ll do on your own. You’ll practice. A lot. And you’ll change and grow into the speaker you want to be.
Speech coaching isn’t just for public speakers.
If you have an interview you want to ace, Delivery Coaching is the perfect way to practice your responses. Together we’ll work on answering open-ended questions, calming nervousness and discovering the enjoyment in the process.
Making a good impression is critical to your interview performance. With Delivery Coaching, you’ll be able to step into an interview with your best foot forward.
Delivery Coaching for interviews ranges from half an hour to an hour.
Still thinking about it?
Contact us today to arrange a free 15-minute consultation and trial coaching session.