My mission is to bring accessible and actionable direct-from-the-stage expert speaking advice, to guide anyone who has the courage to speak to find your message, find your style, find your voice, and ultimately to Be the Keynote – whether it’s on a giant stage or in a Zoom meeting.
At Be the Keynote we have five core values that guide our actions and culture, both as an organization and as public speakers ourselves. They are the essence of who we are and the way we present ourselves to our customers, audiences, and each other.
And if you know me at all (a self-confessed acronym junky), you’ll know that I spent a lot of time finding a way to use the word S.P.E.A.K.
Support everyone who has the courage to get on stage.
Fear of public speaking and the imposter syndrome that can cause it are things we can change when we use our experiences to lift others up when they need it.
Present with truth and integrity.
As public speakers we hold a position of authority, leadership, and influence that should be used to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of our audiences, and never to misguide or misinform.
Encourage diversity, inclusion, and respect.
Diverse perspectives broaden our understanding. Inclusive environments foster safety. Respect your fellow speakers, every audience member, and the event organizer who gifted you a platform to share your message.
Amplify the voices of many.
Everyone with a message deserves to have their voice heard. Expand beyond your own circle when referencing sources, sharing examples, and recommending the unknown or up-and-coming speakers to event organizers.
Everyone at some point is scared to speak.
Everyone tanks on stage once in a while. Everyone forgets what they are trying to say. And everyone deserves to be treated with empathy when it happens.