Keynote Speaker Series: An Introduction
If you are on this page I am going to assume that you might be looking to book a speaker for one of your corporate events, functions, or conferences. A daunting task for sure.
You will be investing a lot of money into finding the perfect speaker for your event and so successfully navigating your way through all the motivational speakers in South Africa might be quite challenging.
The Keynote Speaker series is an attempt on my behalf to give you some transparency and insight from my side about how I operate. In this series, I cover the different topics I speak on, my process for researching and compiling talks, and general learnings from events that I attend.
It’s my sincere hope that it aids you in your search for a speaker. In case you should choose to work with me then we are off to a good start.
A bit about me
In 2014 I founded one of South Africa’s biggest personal development communities for men. It was called BetterMan. Through BetterMan I ran events all over the country and brought men together through a shared ideal of going tonight every night a better man than when you woke up in the morning.
Through this community, I discovered my love for coaching and public speaking. The first time I delivered a keynote I knew that this was something that I want to be doing full time. However, I never wanted to be a speaker simply regurgitating common knowledge.
Coaching ultimately became the game changer for me (and the audiences I speak too).
I have always loved creating new content and ideas. Coaching allowed me to create ideas, keynote speeches, and workshops that truly spoke to the challenges, anxieties, and frustrations that my clients faced. It gave me a deeper understanding than ever before.
To formalise my coaching I enrolled for my Masters in Management – Business and Executive Coaching through Wits Business School.
Ever since then I have been coaching top executives, entrepreneurs, and teams on how to achieve high-performance in their thinking and behaviours.
A Keynote Address
Speaking has become my favourite part of everything that I get to do. Not only do I love presenting new ideas to audiences but I really am in love with the process.
What many people don’t know is that crafting a keynote address is a hell of a lot of work. It’s why good keynote speakers charge a lot of money. You are always researching, adding, crafting, and refining your talk so that you can deliver your message in the most powerful way possible.
A keynote address is way more than a bunch of slides with a speaker narrating the transition between them.
I fondly remember the very first paid keynote that I delivered.
I got paid R5000 for the talk and felt like a real success story 🙂
What I didn’t realise at the time is that although the talk only lasted for 45 minutes the preparation for it would take more than 20 hours.
Things have changed a lot since then. But one thing hasn’t changed (and that will never change) is the monomaniacal focus on researching and perfecting content.
More than money, you will be investing a lot of time (attendees X time spent listening) for this event. So make sure you get someone who is equally as invested in making your event a success.
As I add more posts to the Keynote Speaker Series I’ll pop them in here.
Installment 2: https://erikkruger.com/keynote-speaker-series-dangerous-again/