A keynote is a speech which, due to its significance in terms of the importance of its content, the nature of its presentation or the high profile of the speaker occupies a prominent position in a certain event and receives special attention. Usually a keynote is scheduled at a prominent point in time in the course of the event.

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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.