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Creating and Preparing for a Keynote Presentation with LuAnn Nigara [Coaching]: Podcast Ep. 011

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If you’ve been asked to do a keynote talk at a conference – or one of your goals is to do a keynote – this episode is going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to prepare and deliver a keynote.

Keynotes are meant to be inspirational and aspirational, which is different from a standard business presentation or breakout session where you’re sharing tactical, step-by-step things that people can do.

Instead, in a keynote, you want to take the audience on a journey, weaving in your own stories and experiences, and sharing with them your big idea.

In this episode, I talk with one of my clients, LuAnn Nigara, and we do a debrief of the keynote she recently gave at a large industry conference.

You’ll hear about the process we went through to create the speech, how LuAnn felt on stage, and LuAnn shares with us some things she would do differently. I knew she would nail her keynote – and she did!

You’ll love LuAnn’s energy – she was a lot of fun to work with and to have on the show.

Let me tell you about LuAnn’s background: She is an award-winning window treatment authority, host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, A Well-Designed Business, and overall business dynamo. She has a multi-million-dollar window treatment business in New Jersey, which has serviced over 24,000 customers over the past 35 years.

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  • Why LuAnn was invited to do a keynote
  • How LuAnn prepared for the keynote, starting 3 months ahead of time until a few days before
  • What LuAnn felt like she needed the most help
  • How LuAnn and I worked together to create her message and keynote speech
  • How LuAnn decided to start her keynote
  • Lessons she learned and what she would do differently next time
  • LuAnn’s decision to memorize her talk and how she went about doing that
  • The importance of really knowing your transitions between sections
  • The feedback she received after her keynote
  • The core message from LuAnn’s keynote


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I was on LuAnn’s podcast, A Well-Designed Business, in episode 140, to celebrate her 1 year podcast anniversary.

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