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A couple of insights from Elliot Masie about how he engaged an audience during a keynote:
Connecting in 120 Seconds: You only have two minutes to make a connection with a large and distributed audience. I adjusted my comments and got them to do some audience hand raising and laughing in the first 120 seconds. And, I framed up why I felt I was there with a few outcomes for the 45 minutes.
Get Them Engaged: Several times during the speech, I had them turn to a neighbor and talk about an issue or question. The first one was in the opening five minutes, when I had them tell a neighbor how they ideally like to learn themselves. The room buzzed, the energy shifted to the audience and I then got rapid answers from the back and middle of the theater. I looked at Skipper and the XO and asked them for their answers which were: "Through Experience" and "From Peers and Experts". This set the tone that my keynote was not a pure download—it also curated some content from the audience and brought the Skipper's words into the segment as well.
Excerpt from "Part 2 - Anatomy of a Keynote Speech," Elliott Masie's Learning TRENDS.