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Have you ever felt like the speaker was talking only to you?

Can you think of a time when you listened to a speaker and felt connected and inspired by their message and delivery? Were you touched in some deep way, as though you were to only one the room? Powerful stuff! That’s charisma. What are those qualities of a charismatic public speaker?

You can learn, it but you have to earn it

Charisma is that special something that an individual has. A charismatic speaker leaves you wanting more and makes a lasting impression on people. It’s a learned skill, but it also has to be earned.

8 charismatic qualities of a public speaker

#1 Charismatic speakers are knowledgeable about their chosen topic. Take the time to do your research and become an expert in your chosen field, speak about what you love to do.

#2 Charismatic speakers use correct grammar, articulation and don’t use unnecessary words such as Um, Err, So. Take time to practice so that you sound easy to listen to and people can hear you pronounce your words.

#3 Charismatic speakers are confident and look comfortable (regardless of how they may be feeling on the inside). Act more confidently and you will feel more confident.

#4 Charismatic speakers are able to connect with their audience and get a strong rapport. Create your message to allow for maximum impact and connection. Use stories wherever possible.

#5 Charismatic speakers have stage presence; they use the space on the stage and are comfortable with movement and gestures. Own the space!

#6 Charismatic speakers have well-organised speeches that are laid out in a logical format with a clear point and a solid message.

#7 Charismatic speakers are genuine, authentic and aim to be the best speaker they can be.

#8 Charismatic speakers put in the work and take the time to plan, prepare and practice, they don’t “wing it”.

It takes time and practice to learn (and earn) charisma. Work on these 8 qualities of a charismatic public speaker and you will improve your level of public speaking.


About the author

Lisa Evans helps leaders and entrepreneurs to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

Whether you have a hidden story of your feet, or you want to nail your next presentation, I can help you.

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories. A minimum of three sessions is recommended 1:1 in person or virtually via Zoom.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Storytelling for Leaders Interactive Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking at your next conference or event – I have several topics to choose from ranging from a 30-minute talk up to a 90-minute interactive session.