Two Famous Public Speakers And What Made Them So Great
Date: April 1, 2016
The definition of inspirational is: Providing or showing creative or spiritual inspiration.
We’ve found some of the best speakers in the world who did just that.
Many of them changed the world we live in today and really made a positive difference to people, which just highlights that a speaker isn’t just paid to talk for an hour, but to inspire change.
There are plenty of inspirational speeches crawling around the Internet for us all to watch when we’re feeling insipid, and the best way to improve your presentation techniques is to learn and watch how professionals do it.
Motivational speakers are people who have had an impact on a person’s, if not people’s lives with their passion and knowledge. People aren’t always born with talent, but they can learn it – as long as they are passionate about their subject.
We’ve created a list of two of the world’s most inspiring speakers and what made us like them so much.
Steve Jobs was a great storyteller, and of course business man, and the world deeply misses him after his early death. But we were blessed with his amazing speaking skills.
However, he wasn’t always that way when he was younger. In the early years of his career, he’d appear extremely shaky when he was interviewed on TV. After working on his speaking skills for hours, he eventually became one of the greatest speakers we ever got the pleasure of knowing.
He made it seem effortless. And that could be due to the fact that he wrote his content himself, particularly when he spoke for Stanford University in 2005, and inspired the students that day.
When Steve unveiled the launch of the iPhone, it wasn’t the product that people were so intrigued by, but his delivery.
This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two and a half years. Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.
In 2001, we introduced the first iPod and it didn’t just change the way we all listen to music, it changed the entire music industry.
This very introduction and build up to the new product makes you realise how much influence Apple have had on the world and leads you to believe that their iPhone will also have a significant reaction.
He always spoke with pride and passion. The tone in his voice to his body language expressed his passion about what he did, and you couldn’t help but feed off of that passion too.
In this particular 2007 speech, he was more than a man selling a product, but someone who truly believed in the content he was delivering. Despite talking about technology, anyone – no matter their tech skills – could understand his speech, because he kept everything simple.
By never over-complicating his speeches, his genuine personality came across clearly, and even when he clicked a mistake on his slideshow, he used it as an opportunity to improvise a story – and people love to hear stories.
They show we’re all human, and not robots blurting out information and things we expect to hear.
As a boy, Winston Churchill stuttered and had a shy temperament, but yet, he’s one of the top of most people’s lists when they think of great public speakers.
But if you’re a Prime Minister, you have to be a great speaker, or you can’t present new ideas to the public, and let’s face it, the speech is often what wins the country over.
So how did he then become one of the world’s inspiring speakers?
After facing extreme embarrassment in forgetting his lines during one speech, he made a promise to himself to write his own speeches – a vary rare thing for most people in the limelight.
And from then on, Winston Churchill’s speeches were full of emotion and passion, because he always said what he wanted to say and he believed every word of it.
He often had notes with him, but not many people even noticed as he never lost his trail of thought.
If at first all the States of Europe are not willing or able to join the Union, we must nevertheless proceed to assemble and combine those who will and those who can.
Winston spent hours refining his speeches and being selective over the words he used to be sure that he chose ones that had the greatest impact. He’s a prime example of how spending time on preparing your speech will make you a more gifted speaker.
Because he wasn’t a naturally-gifted speaker, Winston worked hard on improving himself with each and every speech, until he’d spoken hundreds of times.
He had views in his heart that he wanted to express to the world in words, so he made sure that message was always clearly projected through emotive language and metaphors.
If there’s anything that you should take away from Steve Jobs and Winston Churchill, it’s that they always had a clear message to their speeches each and every time.
It wasn’t always easy for them in the beginning, and if you don’t consider yourself a confident speaker, that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for you, you just have to dedicate more time to your craft.
Always consider how powerful storytelling can be in your speech, and if you’ve experienced a journey, let the audience know. Use the stories as an introduction so that you don’t just throw people in to the deep end.
Like Winston Churchill, spend more time on your speech and if you can, write them yourself as to make them more personal. When you present your content, it’ll also be more meaningful because YOU wrote it.