A speaker that I admire

The Prompt:

Post a 300-word piece on a person you admire as a public speaker/communicator. What do you admire about that person’s communication style/structure? What impact does it have on you as a listener? What are the factors of good communication for you?

The Response:

A speaker that I admire is Julian Treasure. Julian is a top-rated international speaker and who has given the very popular “How to speak so people want to listen” Ted Talk. As I listen to this Ted Talk, some things that admire about his communication style is/are

  1. Tempo + uses spaces: As a speaker, Julian takes his time and doesn’t rush through his segments. He was comfortable using silence as a tool in his speech, for impact and to enable his listeners to feel the weight of his words. Moreover, at times in his speech, he quickens his pace or slows his pace to keep the audience interested in what he has to say.
  2. Different Tones/ Registers: Julian touched on this as an important subject for speakers as well. By using different tones (not monotone), Julian engaged the audience and kept what he had to say interesting. Also, he used a deeper register which kind of, in a way, pulled me in to what he was saying as well.
  3. Body Language: Julian used just the right amount of body language where he wasn’t standing still, but he also wasn’t flailing his arms and legs everywhere. He used his body language to emphasize points within his speech and exuded a confident manner quite naturally.
  4. Audience Engagement: At the very end of his talk, Julian had the audience participate in some warmup exercises for public speaking. I thought that this was a nice way to make his talk and experience for the audience where they could actively engage and contribute to this talk. By creating this active, shared, and engaged experience among the audience, the crowd is sure to remember this talk for longer than if it were more “lecture” style.



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Tiffany Chung

Tiffany Chung

Aspiring PM & Product Designer. Berkeley CS ‘22.