Speaker Demo Reel – The most important tool a professional keynote speaker has is a killer highlight video. I’ve watched hundreds over the years and have included some of my favorites below. I’m a professional speaker myself and earn over 90% of my income in speaking fees. Ideally, you should have an updated “demo reel” every year, incorporating recent successes along the way. Always strive to get video footage of your events. That footage is worth gold! Use more than one camera angle because that adds perspective and depth to the final video. Try to get audience reaction, like laughter, in the audio track. When corporate event planners hire keynote speakers, they are buying buzz. They’re buying audience interaction, both during your speech and also afterward. If they see that in your video, it will increase your success. Watch the videos below. You will get new ideas from each one.
Media, media, media. The opening of this video is powerful because it includes so many media mentions, establishing unquestioned credibility for Grant Cardone. He looks like a rock star from the very start. Grant is a high-energy and unapologetic speaker. You may or may not agree with his advice but he’s definitely entertaining to watch and delivers a much bigger perspective about your potential in the world.
This isn’t a highlight video at all. It’s an entire keynote. But it’s awesome because of the video-based presentation slides, the incredible venue and Jeremy’s dynamic presentation style. He’s a great speaker and this is a great video. If you ever get a speaking engagement in an impressive venue like this, it would be well worth the investment to bring in videographers yourself, just to capture the moment for a highlight video like this.
This is an awesome highlight video! This guy has enormous talent and makes millions as a keynote speaker, and the best part is that his video doesn’t even include his own voice. It doesn’t need to. His art and dynamism is enough to sell the deal. Erik Wahl has spoken for entire stadiums full of people, and his demo video is a major reason why.
Ryan Estis is a business consultant and keynote speaker who specializes in breakthrough performance, corporate culture and value-based selling in the new economy. He’s done a great job with his highlight video, incorporating video testimonials and dynamic clips from his many high-profile speaking engagements, all in a distinct video style.
Robert “Waldo” Waldman
I first met Robert “Waldo” Waldman in 2008 and was inspired by his demo reel. Similar to Grant Cardone above, his video includes a string of media mentions at the beginning and the rest of the video is equally impressive. Waldo is one of the best examples I’ve found of a true keynote speaker. I know he does some consulting on the side but the vast majority of his income comes from professional speaking engagements.
Dr. Tony Alessandra
Tony Alessandra has been a professional speaker forever. He’s a legend in the industry. His video is quite simple but also very effective. You get a very clear idea of what you’re going to get. He’s an expert in the DISC model and relates its insights to his audiences. He studies human behavior and how to cultivate loyalty from your employees, your customers and even your family and friends. His expertise helps companies increase profitability as well as customer service efficiency.
This is currently my primary speaker highlight video. Much of the footage was recorded in Dubai in May, 2016, but the video also includes footage from other events that I have spoken at. I chose to do a voice-over for the final cut, allowing me to explain my approach to speaking and my goals when addressing an audience. Although there is still plenty of room for improvement, I am quite happy with this video. I think it accurately captures my style and reflects the care I put into my work.