There are many successful entrepreneurs in our world today. And a lot of people want to know the factors that led to their success. Interestingly, among the many factors analyzed by different experts, the one that standout for me is their skill in public speaking. Obviously because public speaking is my thing.
“Now, you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills–public speaking.”Warren Buffett
A 50% increase in value by just improving public speaking skills, is that realistic? Maybe it’s a little bit exaggerated but public speaking is really that vital.
In this article, I am going to list ‘my top 6 successful entrepreneurs’ that are excellent public speakers. To put icing on the cake, I nicknamed all of them to match.
Get inspired as you go through this incredible list.
6. Warren Buffet
Nickname: The Wizard
Buffet is famously referred to as the Wizard of Omaha by the Global Media. He is an investor, a prolific speaker and yes, an entrepreneur by virtue. Buffet was born on the 30th day of August, 1930 to Congressman Howard Buffet who was himself a businessman, an investor and a politician.
Buffet had it all growing up but his dedication made him have it more in abundance. With a Net worth of $82.5 billion as at March, 2019.
He serves as the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
As an investor who formed partnerships, Buffet had the difficult task of persuading investors to put their money on the line into an investment whose profitability is not 100% certain.
Young Buffet had attended the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course just after school and with that knowledge he explored the world of public speaking effectively.
Buffet’s public speaking skills is a product of practice and experience.
More on Buffet
- Article: Warren Buffett Was ‘Terrified’ of Public Speaking and Took 3 Steps to Conquer His Fear
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5. Jeff Bezos
Nickname: The Strategist
The most successful entrepreneurs happens to be in the right place, doing the right thing at the right time. Bezos was one of them.
Born on January, 12, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of his time. He is a pioneer in eCommerce, who started off with Amazon.com, as an online bookstore. Then expanded to several products. As at March 2019, Amazon.com is the World largest online shopping retailer.
Bezos then diversified his business pursuit to include aerospace by founding the Blue Origin and Newspaper when he purchase the Washington Post in 2013, among other business investment he had that are managed through the Bezos Expeditions.
Fundamentally, One of Bezos important skills was his ability to sell his ideas to people. First, he convinced 22 people (made up of his family members, friends and then potential investors) to invest $50,000 each in Amazon.com and then he got most of us to buy into his ideas too.
Bezos is excellent at selling his ideas to people through public speaking. No wonder, Amazon.com happened.
More on Bezos
- Article: Jeff Bezos And The End of PowerPoint As We Know It
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5. Bill Gates
Nickname: The Pragmatist
William Henry Gates III is one of a kind, like him or not.
Born to Williams H. Gates Snr. and Mary Maxwell Gates on the 28th of October 1955. Gates flourished on opportunities like every other entrepreneur today. He is no different. An Harvard dropout and a major part of the personal computer revolution.
Best know as the Principal found of the Microsoft Corporation, Gates over the years developed into an exceptional public speaker.
It is arguable that he did not start on the high when it comes to public speaking. But boy, he did learn.
More on Bill Gates
- Article: Bill Gates, Great Communicator?
- Article: How Bill Gates Radically Transformed His Public Speaking And Communication Skills
3. Jack Ma
Nickname: The Teacher
Born Ma Yun on the 10th of September 1964. Ma is the cofounder of Alibaba Group, a receipt of numerous international awards and honours. He saw a problem in China, dedicated his resources to solving that problem and got paid doing so, and that’s the true definition of entrepreneurship.
When he was introduced to the internet by some friends in early 1995. He searched for beer in China and general information about China on the internet and was surprised to find none. And so he started off with his first company (China Pages) that was dedicated to creating websites for companies. And four years later, in 1999 he and a group of 18 friends founded the Alibaba group, the multinational technology conglomerate that we know today.
The effective use analogies, body language and repetition for emphasis are a major part of Ma’s speeches. Ma is an exceptional public speaker. he used his speeches to motivate his staff and in the case of EBay, he used it to bring them down and sent them packing from China. Is he controversial? Yes, and I think that’s normal, otherwise he is either not human or lives a lie.
More on Jack Ma
- Article: How self-made billionaire Jack Ma used charisma and masterful speaking skills to build the Alibaba empire
- Article: Why everybody listens when Jack Ma talks (it’s not just because he’s rich)
2. Oprah Winfrey
Nickname: The Emotional
Best known for her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Winfrey is an idol, an icon and a role model to millions, if not billion. Born January, 29th 1954 on the dirtiest of grass but fought her way through poverty and molestation from when she was a child to exceeding grace and wealth.
She is the richest African America of the 20th century and the first black multi-billionaire in North America. Winfrey is frequently ranked on the list of most influential women in the world and sometimes as the most influential.
She draws strength from Pathos (emotion) in her speech and her reputation precedes her as she speaks with authority.
Her speeches are so touching, partly because of her life story. But mainly because of her ability to stand up and speak up what she calls ‘her truth’.
“Oprah Winfrey is as brilliant and inspiring as any public figure today. She doesn’t speak to celebrity America. She speaks to America. Don’t under estimate her”Jon Favreau
More on Winfrey
- Article: Oprah Just Gave A Master Class in Public Speaking. Here’s What CEOs Should Learn From It
- Article: Oprah succeeded thanks to master communication skills—here are 10 tips to improve yours
1. Steve Jobs
Nickname: The Chief Presenter
Steve Paul Jobs graced our world when he arrived into it on February 24, 1955 and left an unfillable vacuum when he depart from it on October 5, 2011.
He was a visionary and an entrepreneur with a soul. For me, Jobs was not just the co-founder of Apple; He was Apple.
Steve was so good at public speaking that he not only had a strong connection with his audience. He got them to feel deeply connected to his ideas and vision.
When he speaks, he gives the “we are in this together” and “its our project not my project” kind of feeling to his audience. From “a computer for the rest of us” to “It just works” Job’s truly change our world with his words.
He always talked about a better today and tomorrow for everyone. He had big dreams and great ideas and through effective public speaking, he made them our dreams and ideas.
More on Jobs
- Articles:3 presentation tricks Steve Jobs used that can help you be a better public speaker
- Articles: How Steve Jobs Made Presentations Look Effortless
The stories of these successful entrepreneurs are quite inspiring. Personally, going through this list myself, I too was inspired.
This is just a list of six. There are so many successful entrepreneurs out there whose effective public speaking skills have paved way for their enterprise to not just strive but succeed.
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