A keynote speaker in the functional sense is a person who delivers a keynote speech, i.e. a person who gives a speech, which receives increased attention because of its significance in terms of content, type of presentation or popularity of the speaker.

A keynote speaker in the professional sense is a person who regularly delivers keynotes as part of his or her professional activity, i.e. a person who offers the paid service of holding speeches, lectures and presentations, which are suitable to take a prominent position in events of the client.

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The definition outlined above was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Glossary of Public Speaking. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.