The Alberta Energy Challenge 2013: Keynotes

AEC Opening

As many of you know, I recently had the pleasure of hosting the Alberta Energy Challenge along with my Co-Chair and the top notch AEC Organizing Committee.

Over the course of 5 days we had the pleasure of watching some great presentations and a couple of amazing keynote speakers: Ken Chapman and Don Swystun. I really wish we had recorded their speeches. Though they had vastly different styles, they both had one thing in common: They were both engaging speakers!

For this post I’m going to compare both of their speaking styles and identify what makes them such engaging speakers!

Ken Chapman is a story teller. If you’ve ever met Ken you’ll know that he is VERY pro-Alberta. So much so that I was worried our group of primarily non-Albertan teams would be offended.

If said by someone else, I’m sure we would have got complaints! But Ken’s eloquent prose and frequent stories throughout his speech, were very convincing. (So much so that I think it might have influenced Florida to name their strategy Canada First!)

There were two things that made Ken a great speaker he was prepared and he told good, short, stories.

Don Swystun on the other hand was very respectful. Like Ken he was also well-prepared and eloquent. But if there was one thing that stood out about Don, is that he was very passionate about what he was talking about.


So what have we learned:

1. Preparation is a must
You don’t need to have your whole presentation written down word for word. But make sure you have a list of what you want to say, and make sure you have practiced in front of someone a few times. A little bit of prep is the difference between a great speech and a mediocre one.

2. Speak with passion from experience
These go hand in hand. Telling personal stories can help you to inject your presentation with passion! Make sure you go over the top because in a large room, sound and emotions can sometimes get lost in a crowd!

Remember, presenting is an art form! So make your next presentation into a masterpiece!

Warm regards,

Aaleem Jiwa


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