Public Speaking Roles: Transforming Lives Beyond the Keynote

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Public Speaking Roles: Transforming Lives Beyond the Keynote

Most new speakers step into the speaking profession with one thought in mind, him or her getting on stage to speak. On other words, their focus is upon being a keynote speaker for someone’s event. However, this is not the only role that a speaker can possess and be successful in. There are quite a few actually. Today, during Pro Speaker Thursday, I will highlight a few roles. I encourage you to think beyond the keynote to enhance your career as a speaker.

Role #1: Keynote Speaker

  • Keynote Speaker – Keynote speakers are often selected to raise interest in a particular event, such as a conference or large meeting sponsored by a corporation or association, and draw attendees to attend that program. 

Role #2: Concurrent Speaker

  • Concurrent Speaker – The second type of speaker that you can be is the concurrent speaker. A concurrent speaker on the other hand, allows you to be placed on the platform with other speakers. 

Role #3: Trainer

  • Trainer – The third example of a speaker is a trainer. A trainer is different because you’re actually acting almost as a teacher, that’s what a trainer. 

Role #4: Dinner Speaker

  • Dinner Speaker – The fourth type of speaker is a dinner speaker. You would almost equate that to a special speaker that would have to speak before a toast especially in a wedding and or a lunch speaker would be someone who would give a brief empowerment, or a brief speech right before a meal, or even during a meal, that’s a special type of speaker. 

Role #5: Mistress or Master of Ceremonies (MC)

  • Master of Ceremonies – The next type of speaker is a master or the mistress of ceremonies. You may have heard of this as the main, the emcee of an event. The emcee for an event would actually be the one who allows or who helps a program run smoothly throughout the course of an event.

Role #6: Facilitator

  • Facilitator – The next type of speaker that you can be placed or requested as is a facilitator. You may be ask to facilitate a particular event and that’s self-explanatory, you facilitate, you guide, you direct as a speaker so you may not necessarily be speaking for a long period of time but you help to facilitate a particular event. 

Role #7: Panel Leader

  • Panel Leader – The next type of speaker you may be requested as is a panel leader. You will be a speaker but you may not necessarily speak for a long period of time so there you have at least a panel leader or a panel speaker, you may be requested to speak. 

Role #8: Improviser

  • Improviser (Impromptu) – The ace position that you may sign yourself in as a speaker is an improviser, you may be asked to go give an impromptu type of speech and you may not have a time to prepare, that’s exactly what type of speaker this person would be or you would be in that instance. 

Role #9: Announcer

  • Announcer – The next position that you may find yourself in as a speaker which is a nice example is an announcer. Even if you’re announcing a search or you’re announcing for a particular company or on the radio, it all can work together for your good, strengthening your skills as a speaker. 

Role #10: Radio/TV Talk Host

  • Radio/TV Talk Host – The last example I want to share with you, is you may find yourself as a radio or TV talk show host. . You may find yourself as a host and if you find yourself in that position, you take a look at what it is that you are asked to speak about, it may be a fifteen minutes or a twenty minutes segment. 

This list is not an exhaustive list of all possible roles but it gives you a place to start or grow as a speaker. 

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Cheers to you and your speaking journey!