Normally, I wouldn’t recommend looking to Bill Gates for public speaking advice. He didn’t make it to the top on eloquence. But it’s his birthday today and I was curious about what he had to say about communication.
The answer? Nothing really.
But I did find this quote that seems relevant.
Gates said, “The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past.”
Of course, Gates is speaking about computers and how they can empower workers.
But the same idea applies to good speaking. Great speakers understand that a good presentation isn’t about showing off or looking fabulous. It’s about empowering your audience, giving them the information they need so they can succeed.
A great speech lays out a simple path and points a direction toward success.
If you do that well, you don’t need to be eloquent. You can be more like, well, Bill Gates.