As a professional speaker, you're always hoping that people who view your presentations will be moved or like your content. However, it's also critical they fill out positive feedback about you for the surveys conference organizers provide. This feedback can be challenging to get, and I sympathize. We've all been to conferences where we're still settling into our seats when the keynote starts, or we're so focused on tweeting we miss a lot of the content. That's why it was such a big deal to me and so appreciated that Mark Coxon wrote a long form review of my recent talk for Teledata on his blog that's part of Rave Publications.
It's called, The Anatomy of a Great Keynote, and it was extremely gracious of Mark to write. A lot of times you're lucky if people even take the time to approach you after a speech because they're focused on networking or checking their email. It's actually a sign of how well you did that people come up to you on purpose after a talk because they feel like they have to do so, whether it's to exchange cards or simply let them know why you moved or affected them with your talk.
Here's a discovery I've made about speaking - while it's easy to focus on getting good feedback to my Bureau will get positive comments about my work, it's more critical to always try and create a presentation you genuinely feel is a gift for your audience. Seriously. You have to be so prepared, so polished, and have content you feel in to such a degree that you are passionate and excited to share that message as you would be to give a loved one a gift. I use this as a check for myself now before I speak and ask, "is this a gift?" versus, "am I just saying things that sound smart?" That has to be the goal. Not just, "is this content something that will help someone in their business." That's a given. My question is, "is this content something that will help someone improve or change their life?" That's when you get to the heart of things. And their hearts as well.
Thanks again to Mark for taking the time to write the piece.