What can you do to be a sought-after speaker? Work hard on it! Are there some professional and personal attributes that you can develop to set yourself apart in a crowded field of speakers? Here are the major ones that can’t be faked.
Authenticity – if you are not your true self, the audience will detect it, you won’t love what you are doing (speaking, training or coaching) and you might suffer from burnout.
Enthusiasm – that is the fuel that keeps your speaking mission going regardless of the tangible or intangible rewards you receive. Do you do it for the money or is it from a deep conviction about the essence of your message to the world? Both tangible and intangible rewards are great motivators. Money alone will not keep your enthusiasm for long. If you are not enthusiastic about your speech, others won’t be either.
Self-confidence – this is largely a by-product of preparation, knowledge of what you speak about and a sense of who you are. Know that you are the speaker because someone believes or perceives that you have something to say, know how to say it and make life better for others. Carry that responsibility with humble pride-and enjoy the privilege of the platform.
Knowledge – if you don’t know what you are talking about, then why do it? The surest way of getting audiences upset is to not know what you are talking about. Gather facts about your topic. Gather information about the challenges and expectations of your audience. Be aware of current developments in your field of expertise and/or that of the group that has invited you as their speaker.
Preparation – you have heard it said that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Nothing is more frustrating to an audience than an unprepared speaker. There is no excuse for not preparing your speech. You are not invited because the group wanted you there. You are invited because they want you to help make their lives better. Thorough preparation makes your speech meaningful, relevant and memorable.
Content delivery – your message and how you deliver it matters. After you know your stuff, humor, body language, audience interaction, stories, statistics, provoking revelations and props add value to your audience’s ability to learn, remember what you said and be inspired or challenged to turn learned material into expected results. Never forget to add entertainment to your speeches.
Reputation/integrity-reputation is what others know about you while integrity is what you do when no one is watching you, it’s evident in the way you live your life. Both are critical for your success as a speaker.
Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku, CSP works with organizations and individuals who want to increase their productivity, stay focused and have a sustained desire to make success a habit, but not an act. Dr. Kituku has been described as a research-based motivational speaker/trainer whose storytelling skills have won awards for both spoken and written words. He is one of the less than 7% speakers to earn the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) recognition, the highest designation presented by the National Speakers Association.
Wherever he speaks, people from all backgrounds agree that words cannot describe Vincent but that he must be experienced. His ability to captivate audiences with content, interaction and entertainment has made him not only a sought after speaker but an annual presenter for key organizations.
The impact of Dr. Kituku’s memorable speeches and workshops has propelled him into a league of his own. He has given presentations for HP, CISCO, MICRON, AIRFORCE, GENWORTH FINANCIAL. He has been the motivational speaker for the successful Boise State University Football Team since 1998-the alumni of BSU selected him the 2003 Homecoming Grand Marshal.
A scientific researcher and experienced corporate America student, Dr. Kituku, a native of Kenya, Africa, draws on his rich cultural heritage and his in-depth experience in corporate America to help others apply the strategies of personal and professional success to their lives. Vincent offers individuals and organizations the necessary spears to change and stay motivated. Since establishing Kituku & Associates in 1995, Dr. Kituku has done research on the challenges and expectations of every group he has worked with, whether the project was a 60-minutes keynote or a two-day leadership development camp. He then uses the data/information to develop and present a customized presentation audiences can relate to and apply in whatever they do to make success a continuous experience.
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