Learn Storytelling and Presentation Skills from Your Role Models

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In this section I focus on great communicators, great public speakers, people who have demonstrated excellent presentation skills, and are known in many cases throughout the world. Just as great writers are constantly reading other great writers, and great musicians are constantly listening to their favorite bands and other great musicians. I believe people who want to be great when it comes to their presentation skills and their public speaking skills are constantly looking at other people they deem to be great speakers. Not necessarily to copy from them, but to learn from them to get inspiration to look at new techniques that are working, and to figure out how can you get not steal from them, but blend in certain things they're doing with what you're doing. So in this section, I'm going to look at 50 or so prominent speakers. Well known people Who are known as great communicators, great public speakers.

Caveat, this is not meant to be a definitive list of the best speakers in the world. You're going to see some deficiencies here. Most of you watching this don't live in the United States right now. And I want to apologize in advance. This list is based primarily on my own experiences. I am a white, straight male who grew up in the United States, that does have a way of biasing me.

So I apologize in advance this list is not as inclusive worldwide, as it could be or should be, but all I can do is give you my expertise based on my own experiences. Having studied speakers for decades, and I want to give you my sense of what I think works, I'm picking people who I don't necessarily agree with politically, I'm going to pick the All across the spectrum, I'm picking people who aren't necessarily good people, that one person on this list is on most people's lists as the worst human being in the history of the planet, analyzing just his public speaking skills and trying to derive lessons from what these people did well, so that we can learn from them and possibly use not all, but some of those techniques. So you're gonna see in this list, it's going to be biased. A lot of Americans disproportionately a lot of disproportionately white people and a lot of males disproportionately.

So I apologize in advance. But I don't know how else I can do this short of spending another five years researching every single speaker and having it translated. So we do the best of what we can. I do think this is the most inclusive analysis of great speakers, you're going to find it any course on this platform, or anyplace else. So here's what I want you to do. I'm going to try to be as brief as possible at the beginning of these, each lecture telling you what I find significant about this speaker things they do well, but that anyone can do well.

And then below, in the resources, you're going to see a URL. Typically, this will be to YouTube, but it could be to other places, too. I want you to watch the video or at least a couple minutes of each speaker. Then what I'd like you to do is reflect upon it. Then go to the q&a section of this course, and type in what you liked about each speaker, but also what you didn't like, I could pick some people and you think, wow, I hate that person. That person rubs me the wrong way.

I would never want to listen, that's okay. It's really good to figure out what you like and you don't like about speakers, but it is good to get a real range. Listen to people you don't agree with politically Listen to people, watch people you don't agree with theologically listen to people talking about subjects, whether it's cooking, or fishing that you don't care about, you can still learn from their abilities to communicate effectively. So let's hop right in in the next lecture.

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