Mastering the Microphone: A Roadmap to Conference Speaking Excellence

Thu Dec 7, 09:00 - Thu Dec 7, 11:00

Event is online


In the world of professional conferences, the difference between an ordinary speaker and a standout sensation often boils down to a singular skill: mastering the microphone. I am thrilled to invite you to a Masterclass designed for aspirants and seasoned professionals alike: "Mastering the Microphone: A Roadmap to Conference Speaking Excellence." This event promises to be an invaluable journey, refining your presence, enhancing your speaking prowess, and placing you firmly on the path to recognition in the conference circuit.

Over the course of this Masterclass, attendees will uncover the nuances of effective conference speaking, from the inception of captivating ideas to the art of delivering them with confidence and flair. 

Masterclass topics

  • What do you want to be known for?
  • Think about your social media profiles
  • Create a personal website
  • Recommendations
  • Identify target conferences
  • Create a great conference speaking proposal
  • Important questions to ask event organizers
  • Your slide deck
  • Important considerations: In-person events
  • Important considerations: Virtual events
  • Help with event marketing
  • How to charge a speaking fee that works

Key Takeaways:

  • The Speaker's Persona: Craft a compelling speaker profile, harnessing your unique strengths and charisma, to leave a lasting impression.
  • Content that Captivates: Structure presentations to maintain audience engagement, weaving storytelling, data, and real-world examples into a seamless narrative.
  • Commanding the Stage: Overcome stage fright with proven strategies and psychology, allowing your comfort and confidence to shine through.
  • The Art of Interaction: Engage with live audiences, manage Q&As, and handle unexpected turns with poise.
  • Networking Know-How: Maximize your presence offstage, forging valuable connections and opportunities in the conference community.
  • Show Me The Money: How to charge a fee for your speaking gigs. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Aspiring speakers looking to break into the conference circuit.
  • Experienced speakers wishing to refine their style and delivery.
  • Professionals aiming to leverage speaking engagements for networking and authority building.
  • Anyone eager to overcome the hurdles of public speaking and embrace it with confidence and skill.

Join us for "Mastering the Microphone," and embark on your journey to not just speak, but to resonate, inspire, and excel. Secure your spot today and take the first step toward becoming a beacon on the conference stage.

Facilitator bio:

Johan Steyn is a Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advocate and thought leader and speaks globally at conferences on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Emerging Technologies. He was the 2019 award winner: Best AI & Robotics Management Consultant by Wealth & Finance magazine (UK).


He was previously a Global AI Ambassador with Swiss Cognitive and a Research Fellow at the School of Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business at Woxsen University (India).

He was one of the finalists for the 2022 IT Personality of the Year Award (hosted by the IITPSA, Gordon Institute of Business and ITWeb).

Sean Culey, the celebrated author of Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity, wrote that "he is now rightly recognised as Africa’s leading AI commentator"

He is a published author who regularly contributes articles on thought-leadership to well-known publications such as Reuters, Business Day, the Sunday Times, Finweek, News24, ITWeb and Brainstorm Magazine.