The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history | Richard Greene | TEDxOrangeCoast


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. “Never give a “Speech”, says Richard Greene. In this masterful talk, he explains how the great speakers in history use 7 secrets and how we can all become a great speaker by following these secrets and by not just giving a “speech” but rather creating “conversations” from the heart.

Richard has dedicated himself to creating new paradigms in Public Speaking, Politics, and even our understanding of God

Called “The Master of Charisma” by The Sunday Times, Richard quit his law practice to coach Presidents, Prime Ministers, Senators, Governors, CEOs, Royalty and celebrities in 44 countries. Chief Judge on TLC’s “The Messengers”, Author, “Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events”.

Richard Studied Political Science in The US and UK, ran for Congress in 1992, advises countless political leaders, hosted “Hollywood CLOUT”, a live “Hollywood Meets Politics” talk show on Air America Radio for 3 years, blogs for The Huffington Post, created the non-partisan, celebrity driven “Choose YOUR America” campaign and “The 2014 Midterm Election ‘Answer-Thon'” to increase political engagement in America.

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  1. got to make another comment re charles and di..apart from the name-dropping here I disagree totally with the point of his tale. Di envied Charles precisely because he was himself in a difficult, public situation – for him, telling a joke was / is just him 'being himself', whereas Di got flustered because she felt unable to be herself. Luckily she took RG's advice though..

  2. well, yes, it's sort of okay to say that it's about being real, not 'performing'. But imo political speakers, even great one's like MLK are absolutely performing. Why was Reagan such a 'good' public speaker? Because he had such extensive experience as an actor that he knew how to sound as if his political speeches were similar to a heart to heart conversation. this is too glib

  3. For a person giving a speech on great speakers I didn't think he was very good at all. On a pass/fail scale I would have to say this was a fail. In fact, for me, I found it irritating. Next.

  4. If a profesional takes on Mehabrian 7, 38, 55% and shows it as a true thing, not a myth – he obviously did not do his homework. And whole "facts" after this have questionable value. Mehabrian have been show over and over as a myth propagated by naive trainers.

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  6. Great insights. Love this:"Public speaking is nothing more than a conversation from your heart about something you are authentically passionate about. If you think it's a performance, you're 0% you and 100% actor."


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