Are you hesitant to speak at professional events because you don’t have a speaking style similar to John C. Maxwell or Tony Robbins? If that is the case, consider this…


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.

Dr. Eric Thomas (E.T.)
Simon Sinek
Inky Johnson (starts speaking at 1:00 mark)
Tony Robbins

Speakers come in various styles. Identify your style, own it, and work on it.

Published by Aaron L.

A young man looking to share his light with the world. I enjoy reading non-fiction, helping others with public speaking, drafting speeches, and writing poetry. Over the past 10 years, I've had the opportunity to lead diverse teams of emergency responders, planners, trainers, and human resource professionals. Fun fact, I've lived and worked in 3 different countries.

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