The Top Five Fantasy Speakers
Post written by Yi Ling Heng.
History is full of inspiring speakers. The list of legendary orators includes such diverse names as President Abraham Lincoln, Marianne Williamson, the Dalai Lama, Tony Robbins and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Each of these people brings (or brought) qualities such as sincerity, humility, empathy, humor and passion to their audiences.
If you could pick five “fantasy speakers” to invite to the event of a lifetime, they would likely appear on your list.
The people listed below also embody characteristics that are valuable when it comes to public speaking; everyone can learn from the examples they set, whether working for a speakers bureau in Asia or simply addressing a small company function.
President Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered American presidents. He is most remembered for the plain-spokenness and modesty of his speeches, as well as the eloquence exhibited in examples like the Gettysburg Address, delivered after one of the most devastating battles of the American Civil War. For this reason, audiences clung to his words and continue to be inspired by them today.
Marianne Williamson is one of the most beloved spiritual teachers, authors and speakers in the world. In addition to several appearances on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Williamson is currently lobbying the U.S. Congress to establish a Department of Peace. Although she has been a guest on several popular talk shows in America from ”The Howard Stern Show” to programs on CNN, Williamson is arguably most famous for her work with “A Course in Miracles.” Her personal vulnerability before an audience, willingness to learn publicly from her mistakes, passion for her work as well, as her obvious compassion, are all assets that have made her an in-demand speaker.
The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is nothing short of a modern emissary for peace. Exiled from his home country of Tibet by the Chinese government, the Dalai Lama continues to advocate for peace and friendship, even among sworn enemies. He demonstrates what he preaches, frequently laughing at himself, joking with audiences and choosing the simplest language to address diverse groups. These aspects have made the Dalai Lama a speaker who is near-universally trusted, because every word he speaks is backed up by his actions.
Tony Robbins experienced hardship and turmoil in his family life as a child. As he grew older, Mr. Robbins was diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused abnormal growth in his hands and feet. This led to the title of his first best-selling book, “Awaken the Giant Within.” Mr. Robbins’ goal is to motivate audiences to maximize their potential. Over time, he has become an incredibly popular and powerful speaker, due to his ability to engage with his audience.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa of Calcutta worked with the poor in Calcutta, India. She founded an order of nuns and fought tirelessly to give aid to the sickest citizens in India. When she did speak, such as the time she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, she used her words to help those she served. Her selflessness endeared her to everyone she met, in addition to securing her legacy for years to come.
Even if you can’t feature the speakers on this list at your event, it doesn’t mean you can’t use them as models when giving a speech. Take one of the qualities these orators were known for, such as empathy, and use it in your next speech to leave a favorable impression on your audience.
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