If you’re a public speaker then you might be worried that someone else will steal your material from your presentations. Maybe they like a line or two and they take it to make it look like it was their own.
So how can you create a presentation that’s so different, so “you” that others can’t duplicate it even if they wanted to?
First, if you’re scared that others are going to copy your keynote presentation then don’t be. Why? Because it’s of no use to you.
No matter what you do, people will take lines from your presentation and use them in their own…it’s inevitable. But if you think a line or two is what makes your speech then you need a better speech. Your presentation so be suited to who you are to a point where another speaker can copy your words…word for word…but they still can’t produce the same effect.
The way you make your presentation so unique that it’s impossible for others to copy is to figure out what you do differently than others.
I’m a mentalist. I do mind reading shows for corporate events so when I speak, I incorporate mind reading demonstrations into what I do.
Take a look at the video below. It’s part of my keynote and combines mind reading, slam poetry, and motivation. Even if another speaker wanted to copy it, they would have a hard time doing so…
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As a public speaker, you want to make your presentation fit your unique personality.
If you can sing, then you should incorporate that into your presentation. If you can play guitar, then incorporate that.
What are your hobbies?
What are you good at?
Whatever you’re good at, figure out a way to incorporate it into your keynote presentation…there’s always a way.
After you know what you’re good at and you figure out how to incorporate it into your presentation, now you want to add a little showmanship to what you’re doing. Showmanship is where most speakers go wrong. They think that a speech is all about the words and the message but here’s a piece of advice that you should remember for the rest of your life…
People will forget what you say but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Listen, your message might be great. The way you word your speech might be amazing. But in the end, people will forget all that stuff and only remember how you made them feel.
So when you add showmanship to what you’re doing, you speak to the emotions, not the head.
Think about your favorite speaker. Can you remember anything they specifically said? Maybe you can remember a line or two but not more than that. Why is this speaker your favorite? More often than not, it’s because of how they make you feel. You like them for some reason…maybe because they’re funny or they tell good stories. Or maybe you just think they have a lot of passion. In some way or another, you don’t remember their speech, you only remember how you feel.
If you want to make a great keynote presentation then you have to focus on your ability to add a little flare to what you’re doing.
So how can public speakers make their presentations unique?…to make your presentations unforgettable, make them “You” and add a little showmanship to what you’re doing.