9 Qualities of Becoming an Impactful Speaker (Part 2)

This week as promised, I’m sharing Part 2 of the 9 qualities of an impactful speaker, so you can turn up the power, turn up the energy and master the art of communicating more effectively.

You see no matter what role you are in (educator, business leader, author, coach, platform speaker, etc.), you have to talk if you want to inspire, educate, motivate, communicate or transform people.

In case you missed last week’s blog, you can read it right here, but I’ll give you the cliff notes version of the first 5 qualities now, so grab a pen and write these down:

#1 — Engage the heart
#2 — Educate the mind
#3 — Stir the soul
#4 — Build connection
#5 — Challenge the audience to be the best version of themselves

Now let’s dive right into the next 4 qualities.

#6 – Show a piece of your soul

Impactful speakers actually show us a piece of their soul. They give something up. Whether you are listening to Denzel Washington or Michelle Obama or Will Smith, when they speak you, as the listener, feel like they are gifting you with a piece of their soul. There is an instant connection built. There is transparency. There is vulnerability. There is just a sense of internal truth that they bring out and hand to you. I remember someone once told me that if you want your audience to put some skin in the game, you’ve got to put some skin in first.

#7 – Disrupt mediocre thinking

Impactful speakers are willing and have the courage to disrupt our mediocre thinking. They literally push us to the edge. They challenge the part of you that wants to stay small or wants to be complacent or wants to be in laziness or wants to be resigned. They challenge you without ever saying the words, “I challenge you.”

#8 – They leave us feeling hopeful

Their words leave us feeling hopeful for ourselves and others. Impactful speakers leave us wanting to stand taller. They leave us on our tippy toes. They leave us wanting to be a part of something bigger than us.

#9 – They leave us wanting more

This one is self-explanatory, but you know a speaker has made an impact on you if when they finish, they leave you wanting more.

Now that you have heard all 9 qualities, I’d love to hear what was your #BOL (breakthrough out loud). Let me know what might have been foggy to you before that all of a sudden got clear. Which new skill are you going to work on first? I LOVE reading your comments and seeing your engagement in this BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY we have created together.

This is your home. We are your tribe. And every time I say I BELIEVE in you and I LOVE you, it’s because I truly do.

Your Sister in Prosperity and Possibility,

30 replies
  1. Nina Rubin
    Nina Rubin says:

    I heard you speak for the first time at Eric Worre’s Go Pro Event..,you view e away with your story, your energy and your delivery.
    These 9 tips are fabulous and could come at a breed time for me. One of my Mentors has challenged us to create a “5 Day Course”.
    Your advice is priceless!
    Thank you

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  2. Ramona
    Ramona says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. When an individual is moving into new territory of ones better version I do believe it can feel like one is swimming up stream instead of down. It is such a fine line between giving yourself up in order stay small among certain friends or family members. Their idea of only wanting the best for you can many times equate to their version of showing love for you with the caveat of you remaining small. Because they them selves would not dare to stretch far beyond their comfort zones their idea of love equates to a ceiling of family bonding you not dare step beyond. In not living a life from expansive learning their safety parameters can be stunted to where everything outside of their personal risk box becomes a fearful event. Because of these instilled beliefs the sharing of them with loved ones becomes an imperative mission to be continually shared with all that will listen. Would love to hear you speak on this topic and share your thoughts. Thank you for the gifts you shared in being a powerful and impactful speaker.

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  3. Eigbiremonlen Peter
    Eigbiremonlen Peter says:

    Thank you very so much Lisa for all the positive contributions you’re making to transform others. Greatly appreciated.

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  4. Libby A. THIGPEN
    Libby A. THIGPEN says:

    Thank you Lisa for sharing and bring back many uplifting things that most of us already know but some how and some way we lost ourselves and our vision. But through your encouragement and transparency for real ness, we are able to begin a new vision and journey to impact not only our lives but the lives of others. Thank you, thank you and thank you.

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  5. Linda Mills
    Linda Mills says:

    WOW Lisa this was awesome. Thank you for helping me see this in this way. I really want more of this information. I love people period and everyone has something different and helping them bring it out really fills my heart with joy knowing that I can help them. That is something I would love.

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  6. Wanda Taylor
    Wanda Taylor says:

    So encouraging and uplifting. I love you to life…. We our allowed the women at my shelter to listen to you. I can’t wait for you to be apart of one of our women’s conferences. We have women from all over the city of Memphis- women’s shelter and treatment centers to come every year. They we never be the same after hearing you… I trust God!

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  7. Lucina Clarke
    Lucina Clarke says:

    Lisa my #BOLmoment. I realized that through the work I do supporting Amazing women of a child with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities gave me the ability to be a voice.
    Now looking and listening to you,I am in my Jabez mode. Enlarge my territory lord and move me out of the comfort zone. You have just dared me to be uncomfortable. Use my voice to engage the heart, educate the mind,stir the soul,build the connections,transform people to be their better self. Oh I am getting chills writing this.
    I want to continue helping these women to believe in themselves and their gifts , don’t give up.
    This session is so impactful. I know I am capable of restoring their hope and giving them the opportunity to continue discovering their best self.

    Thank you sister.

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  8. Keiko
    Keiko says:

    Now I know clearly why you are so successful. I am working on a TEDx talk, I will mind these 9 points when doing so. Happy being on this journey together, sis. ❤️

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  9. Diane
    Diane says:

    Thanks f or this whole presentation. You have a way o putting things into perspective. I really do enjoy reading these. Presentations it gives me hope and I will continue o listen to these presentations Thank you.

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  10. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thanks always Lisa. #BOL #6 – Show a piece of your soul. I used to feel ashamed of being childless. I have gone through a lot of humiliation from family, friends and society who never took me serious or thought i was useless because i do not understand the basics of life. This contributed to a lot of pain and failed moments. Now I’m learning that my pain is actually my message. It is time to use my experience to speak up for all the thousands of women out there who have been humiliated, silenced, mocked and excluded etc. #Yes, you can be a worthy and successful woman even if you do not have children.

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  11. Quidrona Bryce
    Quidrona Bryce says:

    This Body Temple of Mine had 5 Stroke and I thought that I had nothing else to give to my husband, children and life in general.
    There’s a life that’s needed to be rejoiced with directness for a better being. This is the unhandled ways of being.
    Thanking and forgiving what I do and don’t know of on this journey when it’s a full junk truck.
    Just knowing how to move it over and still, riding it out; while keeping joy nearby!
    When slander always has a where and tear and this dreadful defamation that’s so untrue but can happen to all of use!
    As we are this warranty stipulate the damage and we learn from it.
    This Body can take a course that friction but leads to a better way!
    Thank you,
    Quicy Bryce

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  12. Quidrona Bryce
    Quidrona Bryce says:

    This Body Temple of Mine had 5 Stroke and I thought that I had nothing else to give to my husband, children and life in general.
    There’s a life that’s needed to be rejoiced with directness for a better being. This is the unhandled ways of being.
    Thanking and forgiving what I do and don’t know of on this journey when it’s a full junk truck.
    Just knowing how to move it over and still, riding it out; while keeping joy nearby!
    When slander always has a where and tear and this dreadful defamation that’s so untrue but can happen to all of use!
    As we are this warranty stipulate the damage and we learn from it.
    This Body can take a course that friction but leads to a better way!
    Thank you,
    Quicy Bryce

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  13. Reka
    Reka says:

    Hi Lisa, yes engage the heart. I’ve found this to be true. When you really connect with others and pay attention allow yourself to really open up when speaking this will
    Make your audience more comfortable with you. I take all of your advice and apply it. People been waiting on me to speak I’m getting closer and it is really a good feeling. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  14. Marjanne Baker
    Marjanne Baker says:

    My BOL is the ” burden of mediocrity ” by being afraid to bear the soul because of feelings of inadequacy, judgements and being less than that keeps holding me back. You are teaching me the importance of being authentic when the culture you come from has taught that silence is important. Thanks for continuing to inspire. Shalom

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  15. Sabrina
    Sabrina says:

    I’m on the road to learning how to speak. I hear in my mind all the time me speaking powerfully. I hear the words coming so fluid. But when I stand In front of people I feel nervous, I move quick in what I have to say I want to connect with people I want to bring out the powerful voice I have within. Thank you Lisa for these 9 wonderful points to assist me on this path.

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  16. Sherrie Baugh
    Sherrie Baugh says:

    I love hearing you and I love these 9 gifts you’ve given me. I’m 61 yrs old and it is my hearts to desire to motivate the world . My confidence is so low but I’m going to be praying over these 9 things I got from you. I’m actually a Dreambuilder Life Coach and I love the program I just haven’t done anything with it.

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  17. JoElizabeth
    JoElizabeth says:

    Lisa, thank you for sharing with us your knowledge and inspiring us. You are really a sister in prosperity.

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  18. Yonette Sydney
    Yonette Sydney says:

    Ad I am doing my course, speaking for impact and ptofit, I am learning so much quality stuff. I dont know if I am gonna ever get to speak to an audience, but I am a dreamer. I love the dip theory in my course, its very impactful. You are the ultimate teacher. In my days it was Ilanya Vanzant, since then I knew that was what I wanted to do. I am still trying to accomplish that dream; through your courses and live trainings. I thank you Lisa Nichols.

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