Any event is as good the event speaker. A successful keynote speaker and impactful session are primary factors which spell out the success of any conference. A keynote speaker might have great content but the way it is presented to the audience makes all the difference. Let us look at five pointers to derive the best from the conference speakers:

  1. Social Media head start: A good speaker always involves the audience and makes them feel participative. Encouraging speakers and participants to start an online conversation ahead of the actual event can really help. It will induce a sense of participation from the audience, it can help the speaker to give a final shape to the session and have a larger impact.

  2. Relevant Session Content: The message in the content of the speakers should be in alignment with the conference objectives. Audience is attending the conference to benefit from the speakers message. If there is a mismatch between the conference topic & agenda and the speakers session then the audience will lose interest. Convey the conference objective and agenda clearly to the speakers.

  3. Speaking coaching and run-throughs: Research professionals are often not exposed to speaking in front of an audience. In case the conference has invited speakers who doesn’t necessarily have lot of professional experience, hiring a speaking coach can make a lot of difference. Also, rehearsing prior to the actual event can smoothen technical requirements and does not leave anything to the last moment. Logistically also all is ensured to be in order with the aid of a prior run through.

  4. Choose speakers wisely: You can invite abstracts prior to your selection of speaker. Audience when they choose to attend a conference consider the opportunities to network and learn something new. Inviting celebrity speakers only makes sense if they have something to contribute to the agenda of the conference.

  5. Plan the sessions: Planning scientific sessions is imperative to make a lasting impact on the audience. Sessions over lunch should be highly discouraged to avoid distractions and losing of interest. By lunch time audience are tired and need a break to return rejuvenated to imbibe most from a session.