Conferences tend to be full of speakers, yes really, they are everywhere. They however are not always full of quality speakers. Speakers who know how to take the audience with them on a verbal trip. There is a reason for that: being a quality speaker is hard. Very hard.
I have been speaking for several years now, on bigger and smaller events and have attended even more and I thought it would be a nice idea to share some of my experiences with you. But I figured it would even be a better idea if I would get both some industry experts and the readers of State of Search (yes, you) involved. So with the help of Will Critchlow, Bill Hunt, Eric Enge, Dom Hodgson and the State of Search Facebook Page I looked at what makes a great speaker. Later this week I will discuss (with the input of other experts) what you can do to become a better speaker yourself. (more…)