Three Key Traits you should look for in a speaker

It does not matter whether you are budding public speaker or you have been there over the years, you know that a great presentation involves a mix of several qualities. Here are some of the most critical traits for every speaker.


Confidence is the first trait that helps the speaker to deliver on the stage. Are you looking at a speaker who is not sure he or she can handle a topic on money management or relationships at the word go? Chances are that he or she will not deliver when on stage. People who are timid and not composed do not capture the minds of the audience or engage them. Some of the speakers are too anxious to handle the conversation effectively. Anxiety can grip just anyone. However, the audience should never see the fear. Deep breathing, mirror talks, and lots of practice can help. Especially when speaking as educational speakers in student conferences, it’s important to have the right confidence level and inspirational tone to win the young hearts.

inspirational public educational speaker speaking

inspirational public educational speaker speaking

Interpersonal skills

Does the speaker know who he or she is as a person? What are his or her strongest interpersonal skills? Does the speaker connect to the audience? Engagement and mind capturing are some of the qualities that will keep the minds of the audience fixed to the conversation of the day. The speaker should be accessible, unique and a person that the audience can use to embody the success he or she is talking about. Especially because interpersonal skills are required to be a inspiring speaker in front of a crowd, there are so many inspirational keynote speakers today who know exactly how to grab the attention of the crowd.  Interpersonal skills also encourage members from the audience ask questions and giving responses in the session.

Generate and tell stories

It is true that the audience come to get information on the various topics that the speaker is handling. However, it is the stories that are told in the meeting that get the audience to listen attentively and remember what was said. A good speaker tells compelling stories that excites, engages, and energises the audience. When determining if the speaker is effective, you should see from the previous sessions if she was able to excite the public with believable stories and that the stories gave insight into solving problems for which he or she was called. Cracking a joke here and there even in professional or business related topic really makes all the difference. It is like walking to a restaurant despite the good service, you find the restaurant being dull, quiet (or too noisy) and poorly lit. You may never return to the club due to the ambience. The same happens when the speaker sticks to facts and points on the book.