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How to Thank a Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

Hire a Motivational SpeakerI was a funny motivational speaker for a franchise conference where the meeting planner did a fabulous job of thanking me. Her thank you was warm, personalized and very meaningful. I went away feeling elated and truly appreciated.

Meeting planners often say "thank you"after a motivational speech but usually it is just a brief thanks before making announcements for other workshops and keynote speaker  sessions.

The elements that went into this meeting planners genuine praise were:

-it was personalized. Francine, the meeting planner for the franchise conference, picked me at the airport and we had dinner together the night before my speech. We got to know each other on a personal level and this went a long way in helping her personalize her remarks. She tied in my personal qualities on stage and off.

- it was specific. The meeting planner incorporated key elements of my speech, how it  motivated her and would support other delegates. She was very specific about the key message and take away points and even tied it to the industry. She suggested the franchise audience had a tough economic year and how some of the motivational speech take away points would help them stay buoyant and energized.

-it was genuine. Francine discussed not just what was taught but how she felt after the speech. She used adjectives like motivational, informative, memorable and entertaining which brought her thank you message alive.

When thanking a motivational speaker, you may choose to present a gift. If the thank you is genuine and personalized the gift will be a reinforcement but not a necessity.

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