We knew that a keynote is a different game to leading a workshop. The audience is bigger (700+), people are physically distanced from you, scripting is required for pace and flow and engagement is more difficult (especially at the end of a day at a conference).
Another challenge is that we had never worked together. Learning about our styles and choreographing our movements was a must. It would take continual revision and rigorous practice to get it right.
As with most important events in life, this one flew by. I will always remember exchanging confident nods with Jocelyn as we launched into our presentation. Delivering our work was as exciting as I hoped it would be.
The best part of the day was when people approached us afterwards to say they appreciated what we had to say. What a feeling!
There are so many benefits to speaking at a conference and only a minority of people choose to do so. Here are the ones that have meaning for me:
Immediately after our session, we shook hands and both said, "Let's do another". That's what most people say after leading their first conference session. You might too.