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7 Qualities of a Good Public Speaker that Every Presenter Should Know (And Emulate)

What are the most important qualities of a good public speaker? What makes a great presenter? What are the qualities that allow one orator to get up in front of an audience and memorize the crowd while another fails? Well, science may offer the answer to these questions. When I first started teaching the Fearless Presentations ® classes, I did so because I knew from my own experience that the more self-confident a presenter appears to an audience, the more respect that the audience will have for that presenter. In addition, chapter one of my first book was about enthusiasm, because I knew that out of all of the characteristics of a good speaker, enthusiasm was the absolute, most important.

Over the years, though, our instructors have worked with over 20,000 presenters. Some had a natural presence in front of groups. Others, however, had to develop a public speaking skill in order to be perceived as being a great public speaker. Below are the seven qualities of a good public speaker that we have identified as the most important. In addition to our observations as public speaking coaches, we have also added the scientific proof that we also uncovered along the way.

Mini-Course Lessons from 7 Qualities of a Good Public Speaker

1. Self-Confidence
2. Poise Under Pressure
3. Enthusiasm and Energy
4. The Ability to Use Stories and Examples to Make Points
5. Brevity
6. Audience Focus
7. Showmanship