How can I continue to do Futurist Keynote Speaking During a Pandemic (COVID-19)? Sometimes the business of speaking becomes interesting with challenges we cannot foresee just like this situation we find ourselves in.
Sometimes we’re impacted by flights being cancelled, the event’s AV failing, nerves, challenging question and answer sessions, and illness. And now, it’s about how we can travel and speak in the age of the pandemic we’re facing with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Advice for traveling and speaking
Getting from home to the event venue can include trains, planes and automobiles. With all of these we are in public environments where thousands, if not millions of people have been.
We can’t just stop working so we have to have a resiliency mindset.
Here’s some solid advice from WHO on how to operate:
Wash your hands frequently – Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing – Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene – Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL ILL. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Opportunities for remote speaking
You still want to have a way to bring people together for your event, even if you’ve had to postpone it as is the case for many small, medium and large events today. Or, you may find that you have keynote speakers that no longer want to travel to your event.
For Event Producers there are ways to still deliver amazing experiences and content. Here are two that I provide for my clients.
Opportunity 1 – Live webinar and Q&A – platforms like ZOOM now enable us to connect globally with high-quality video and audio with your audiences. Adding live streams of the event room to that experience created something great.
Opportunity 2 – Produced 4K video and live Q&A – this is one of my favorite ways to deliver remote keynotes and clients love it. With a home video studio I can produce a video for clients that they can show at their events – online or otherwise – and then dial me in for an extended Q&A with the audience. I always accompany it with an article on www.nikolasbadminton.com and sometimes other platforms like Medium. In 2019 I was approached to provide a talk to other aspiring futurists and members of the World Economic Forum in Singapore at an event called Future Explorers. I was unable to travel there to speak due to scheduling challenges so I worked with the event organizers on a solution. I recorded this 30 minute keynote called ‘START WITH DYSTOPIA’ that integrated great content, engaging speaking and deep knowledge on futurism. See that video below:
After they showed the video we had a lively Q&A where I dialled in using ZOOM where I spoke with the attendees and we explored the ideas they just saw.
In addition, I was able to write an accompanying article that I published on my site and on Medium where it was selected as a featured article for their ‘Futures’ and ‘Design’ sections.
We live in strange times. Life goes on. And, together we can still deliver great experiences for your employees and event attendees. Reach out if you need a Futurist Speaker for your event and we can work out what works best for you.
Nikolas Badminton is the CEO of EXPONENTIAL MINDS and an award-winning Futurist Keynote Speaker, researcher and author. His expertise and thought leadership will guide you from complacency to thinking exponentially, planning for longevity, and encouraging a culture of innovation. You will then establish resiliency and abundance in your organization. Please reach out to discuss how he can help you, and read on to see what is happening in the world this week.