The 8 Characteristics of Demonstrating Leadership Through Presentation Skills
July 16, 2012 by Bill Rosenthal

How many times have you sat through a speech and thought, “I’m not buying this at all”? Conversely, when was the last time you left an auditorium feeling inspired and really positive about what you heard?

There’s no better opportunity to influence the media, your customers and your employees than by delivering an effective, motivating presentation. Here are some characteristics of a speaker who demonstrates leadership when addressing a crowd:

  1. Utilizes one simple message. A good speaker focuses the speech on one simple message that is easy to understand.
  2. Presents no more than three ideas to support that message. Sharing more than three ideas a speech insures that your ideas don’t compete for mindshare. You don’t want your audience to get lost with too many levels of detail.
  3. Conveys sincerity and credibility. There’s no faking this one. You must believe what you say 100%. Your audience must “buy the human being” behind the words or your words will ring false, so speak with conviction!
  4. Simplifies tough subjects using examples. Remember, a mental picture is worth a thousand words.
  5. Speaks to all sides. This can be tricky if you are using a teleprompter, so take the time to become familiar with your talking points so that you can address each section of your audience.
  6. Uses animated body language. An effective speaker moves his or her upper body. If you don’t have to use a podium, walk across the stage so that you are more “reachable” to each side.
  7. Speaks from the mind, not from notes. This boils down to two factors: knowing your content and taking control of your nerves in order to focus. (Communispond Executive Presentation Skills classes will help you on both counts.)
  8. Inspires the audience. The most important component of any successful speech is that the audience comes away feeling lifted. You can accomplish this by educating and sharing in a positive, genuine and forthright manner.