Tom Lightning

Global Keynote Speaker

Competing against a robot, would you do that?

When you are an athlete or a professional sportsman or woman, you are pushing the limits every day. But what if a robot destroys your best performances?
A lot of people are afraid for their jobs, and they should be. But it is also hard to imagine how a robot can take over your task. So, no worries. JET
Let me give you an example of how fast it is going.

That’s pretty Disruptive.
The good news is: This robot is fake, so you don’t have to worry JET
Do you think a robot can take over your job? please let me know

Create a question mark in your speech

So you have a lot of content for your speech, and you are afraid it’s going to be boring.
I know It’s not what you said. But it can be annoying when you push a lot of content in the room.
I will name one solution now; Off course there are a lot of different ways to do that.

What you can do is before you make your point, so what is essential. You create a question mark in the head of every individual who is listening.

There are two main reasons why you should do that.

I just created a question mark in your brain.
When I say, there are two main reasons to do … something, your brain is like: I want to know what those two reasons are.

So, by creating a question mark, you are not pushing content in the room, the audience is sitting there with an open mind. Thinking, please tell me those two reasons. That’s a big difference. Ok, first reason.

The second reason is: you make it personal, so your opinion makes your point stronger.
You can say: People throw waste on the streets. That’s just content or a fact.
If you say: You know what bothers me and we have to do something about it: people throw waste on the streets.
First, they think, ok, what is bothering you, tell me; then; because you take a stand, people can relate to that, and there is a more significant change that they will remember your message because you made it personal.

So, use setups like
one thing everybody should know, I just had a crazy experience, Shall I tell you why I am furious.

Create a question mark. And fill it with beautiful stories.
Have fun.

Baby’s and robots

Would you bring your baby to a daycare center with a robot?

Just think about it. You have a baby, young child; you want to work. So, you bring your child to the daycare center. Then you find out there are only one nice lady and five robots to look after the children.
Is that ok with you..?
What would you do?

Would you swallow a pill, with nanotechnology in it, so your health care app is telling you if you are ill?
Hello, my name is Tom Lightning, a Keynote speaker. And I wonder If you could swallow a small pill and you will know if you are ill, will get sick even if you have cancer. So would you go on living your life like you are doing right now? Or do you want to be monitored around the clock, change lifestyle, food, drinking habits, because your health care app is telling you that you will live six years longer…?
Would you swallow that pill?
Let’s assume you said yes!
What if it’s placed on the market by Google?
Still a yes?
Please let me know.

Let’s say your boss is a robot, and he, she or it is telling you how much work you have to do. Would you do that?
Hello, my name is Tom Lightning, a Keynote speaker. And I wonder If you could work with a robot as your boss who is giving you orders. It’s a matter of time, with big data, artificial intelligence…
a robot knows a lot more about a department or a specific workflow.
So it knows best what to do and who is suitable for the job.
The robot is telling you what to do!
Is that ok with you?
What would you do?
Please let me know.

How to close a speech?

That’s a good one, last week we did how to open.
Ok, off course there are a lot of way’s to close a speech,
There is no rule or best way. There is something that you should not d
A lot of speakers close their speech with: are there any questions?
In my opinion, that’s not good.
Asking if there are any questions is right, it is always nice to open up and start a discussion, or answer the question.

But you should not finish with questions, because if the last question is a tricky one and you don’t know the answer and half of the room are mumbling…yes how about that. Then the MC walks on and says, we have to stop, sorry that was the last question. The last thing people will remember from your speech is a negative atmosphere, and you did not know the answer.

Here is my point, if you want some time for interaction, do it five minutes before your time is up. So whatever question is coming, you close with your main message, your takeaways, or what people should do or learn.
So, stay in control. Always close your speech with a wrap up of your content.

ha.. if you have 30 seconds, a lot of people ask me, how can I be funny in a speech.
Looking after what I just said, you could open with questions.
Let’s say you are speaker number four, and everybody is doing ok, the audience is doing well, nothing special. Then you walk on, and your first sentence is: Are there any questions. Guaranteed, a big laugh, everybody will relax and, you start your speech, and the only thing you see is smiling faces of respect. With one sentence. That’s good.

have fun, good luck.

How to start a speech?

How to start a speech?
First of all, there is no blueprint or a fixed way to do it.

I am not in favor of just starting your speech, the way you trained it.
For example, if your first sentence is: I would like to tell you something about the marketing plan; There are a lot of situations you can not start with that sentence.
the way you wrote it, or you’ve been practicing
What you should do:
Before you go on stage, you have to take a look at the audience. Who are they, and why are they there?
Is it a crowded room and everybody is talking. Are people sitting quit, waiting for the event to start? Are they watching their phones? Are you the first speaker, so it depends on the MC if they will be ready for you? Are you after lunch or maybe the closing act? Perhaps the speaker before you was not that good.

My point is before you start your speech, you always have to make contact with the room. If all the circumstances are right, the focus is there, and everything is excellent, then you could start with: Hello, I would like to…
But, in all other cases, that’s almost every case, you have to do a bit of work before you start your speech.
They have to be ready for you.
The easiest way to do that is saying something about the event, about the speaker they just saw, about the lunch. Very important, it has to be positive. Never mention that you are having jetlag, or had some problems with the beamer, they don’t care, they want an outstanding speech.
If you say, what a beautiful location, great atmosphere. and they say subconscious, Yes, Yes, then when you tell your first sentence, they will be ready for you. They are in the ‘Yes mode’ It’s that simple.
So, the next time you complain about a noisy room, or that they wouldn’t listen to you. Ask yourself the question, was the room ready for me and was I ready for that room?

Good luck.