You could plan the greatest conference or event that the world has ever seen, but if you don’t have a great, charismatic speaker, the event can fall flat and leave your attendees bored and disappointed. A great speaker keeps an audience interested and attentive, combining both style and substance, throughout their whole talk. And the very best speakers even leave people thinking and talking about what they said long after the event has finished.
For your inspiration, whether you’re a speaker, event planner or anyone involved in a conference or event, we’ve charted a brief history of some of the world’s greatest speakers. From ancient Greece to modern day America, check out some of the greatest public speakers and their timeless words.