I just delivered a terrible keynote.
Missed points, mic feedback, stuck behind a podium.
I realized mid-speech that few in the audience were still paying attention.
I stopped my prepared remarks and started telling stories — more humor than deep thought — of client assumptions gone wrong.
Frustrations with hotel irons.
All millennials go base jumping.
I felt more comfortable and the crowd responded with a renewed interest.
After hundreds of speeches, I left that one with a new lesson learned*:
- luncheon audiences have to be there
- conference audiences want to be there
Adjust your presentation accordingly.
*for the most part
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