Not all public speakers are the same and not all audiences prefer the same style of speaker. Some audiences prefer transparency, simplicity, and speakers who speak in a manner familiar to their demographic over the polished corporate style that has historically dominated the field. Additionally, those who speak in a non-traditional style can connect with demographics that are not the usual target in mainstream speaking. Two examples of this include Eric Thomas and Inky Johnson. Eric and Inky have carved out a niche in the speaking world. It’s common to see them speak at Fortune 500 companies, high schools, higher education institutions, the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and major college sports programs. Understand that you can be successful and effective even if you don’t fit the traditional speaker mold.
Check out the speakers below and see if you can spot the differences in their styles.
Speakers come in various styles. Identify your style, own it, and work on it.