I’m sometimes asked what goes into making a great speaker. Of course, the converse also comes up — who is the biggest dud?
I shudder to opine on the worst. After all, no need to drag someone who’s really trying over the coals. Some people just don’t have it and, despite diligent efforts at improvement, never will. The goal can be simply to make a mediocre speaker adequate so that he can avoid embarrassing himself in those times when there is no getting around the need to stand up and speak.
Although this address by a shaking, sweating individual seems to inspire the crowd, these are techniques most of us would be best served by leaving on the shelf.