5 skills to emulate from top orators

Bill Clinton, Tony Hsieh, Chris Rock and others demonstrate how to keep your cool under pressure and deliver a powerful speech.

But the ability to control and perfect one’s delivery in presentations is a rare and powerful skill only a handful of people possess.

Before you take the stage at your next public speaking engagement, take a deep breath and learn from the best. I compiled some of the strongest examples of public speaking the everyday presenter can easily emulate.

Here are five all-star orators you can look to for guidance, as well as attributes you can include in your next speech.

1. Steve Jobs: relevance

The late Steve Jobs is a prime candidate for presentation case studies because when on stage, he is articulate, nimble and steadfast. Yet one of his most overlooked qualities was his ability to make even the most high-brow, technical jargon sound simplistic, and even fun.

For example, when he introduced the iPhone in 2007, Jobs showcased and reviewed products that came before it. He primed the audience for the complexity of the iPhone by showing its relevance to the previous products.

Keep relevance in mind in your next presentation. It creates cohesiveness and resonance.

2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: inspiration

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