What makes an outstanding speaker so good? Is it their natural gift or is it something else?
I remember sitting in this large auditorium filled with thousands of people and I was hanging on every word of the speaker. It seemed as though the words were just effortlessly dripping out of his mouth. He had a way about him that drew people in.
He looked so comfortable in his skin up on stage. It felt so natural. When he said “Hi, my name John, and I am your friend” I truly believed it. I felt like he was speaking to me, he was really connecting with me. I watched him as he masterfully delivered a 45-minute presentation that made the audience laugh, cry, and provoked deep thoughts. I thought to myself, wow he is in naturally gifted speaker.
And almost immediately the thought that followed was, “I could never do what he does. I could never be that good because I am not that talented of a speaker.”
That event that I experienced happened about six years ago. It was...