Many conferences require creativity from the event organisers or the event can fall flat. Because event planners accommodate many people, they need a guest speaker who will capture the audience’s attention – someone who’ll make sure that they know they have not wasted their time. Ultimately to ensure the charisma of the guest speaker is an important factor in he’s selection. Therefore the choice of guest speaker is critical to the success of the event. As an authority his expertise is shared with the audience. Guest speakers from different industries have become common in conferences, university lectures, or even team building events.
However, you must be aware that not all guest speakers prove to be good communicators. For one, a guest speaker may be unprepared, always relying on impromptu conversations to deliver his message. Sometimes, it can be due to differing expertise – a prolific business speaker can be passable guest speakers for casual affairs, but it might be difficult to have a casual speaker do a talk in front of a highly specialized group of sales professionals. However, the most common cause is that a person needs to improve on the skills that can enable him to become a good communicator.
A good motivational speaker should possess many qualities, but above all, he is a catalyst, an attention grabber, and a source of knowledge. A great guest speaker shares new ideas and interesting stories: a bit of trivia or statistical data that will perk the ears of those who hear it. He must be knowledgeable in the fields or industries that can apply to his audience, in order to convey professionalism. One of the best qualities he must have is what Stephen Covey described as “seek first to understand, before being understood” or empathy for his audience. Sometimes humour and funny anecdotes are just the right mechanism to warm up crowds; others have a knack for asking questions that can force audience participation.
When a speaker becomes a catalyst, a change agent, he can spark inspiration with action in people. When people hear his words, they absorb them; when he calls for change, people follow his persuasive language. When he asks the audience to remember what he tells them, the audience does so with an open minds and compassionate heart.
With years of experience and dozens of speaking engagements, Ramon Thomas has kept these guidelines mastered, as well as displayed other useful skills on as a guest speakers. He used his extensive industry experience with a knack for research to identify trends in the Internet age. To date, he has been interviewed on many media like Deutsche Welle, Special Assignment, 3Talk, eTV News, CNBC Africa. Indeed, Ramon Thomas worked his way through Toastmasters and other training organisations to become one of the best contemporary guest speakers from South Africa.
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