EVERY WEEK WE SHINE OUR LIGHT ON A MEMBER OF THE SPEAKERSBASE COMMUNITY. THIS WEEK, WE GET TO KNOW CHRISTOPH RUYS: VISUAL CONSULTANT AT ICONS AND KINGS.
Hi, Christoph! Can you tell us how you started out as a public speaker?
Actually, that happened very organic. I have always been an addict of all things visual and after teaching about it for a few years, public speaking seemed like the logical next step. I started with workshops for small groups of people, and later they evolved into seminars and keynote lectures for over 150 people. To address everyone in the most personal way, I never picture myself in front of an audience, but just imagine having a one-on-one conversation.
What would be your best advice for speakers who are just starting out?
Be passionate about your topics. If you are not, you really can’t be a credible speaker, and the audience will just look through you. On a more practical level, you also should try to make it as conversational as possible and develop a strong visual DNA for your presentation. Don’t be a perfect robot, just be a vulnerable human being who’s trying to tell a story in which he believes.
Which speaker blew your mind when you saw him/her speak for the first time?
That’s got to be Richard Branson. His coolness, intensity, choice of words and attitude blew me away when I first saw him speak about ten years ago at a very small event in London. It doesn’t even matter if he is a public speaker at a small or large event, he always understands the way to blend into the audience, market himself and provide comprehensive and well-built stories.
What is your best memory as a public speaker?
I can’t really pinpoint one best memory, because the magic happens almost every time. Since I am speaking about visual topics, it can’t be a surprise that my presentations are always very visual. And every time it’s very impressive and humbling to see how people get dragged into those visuals. Therefore my second biggest advice to other speakers would be: show more pictures and use less text. People will remember their emotional engagement in your images. Show, don’t tell.
Why do you think Speakersbase is the right platform for speakers all over the world?
Speakersbase is a well-organized and good-looking platform with a lot of relevant content, need I say more? But perhaps even more important is the whole idea behind it. Aspiring speakers often think you need to have some kind of bureau representation, but there’s lot less need for a middleman. Speakersbase fills that gap perfectly. Thanks to Speakersbase, potential clients can just as easily contact you.
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