If you would converse with me, said Francois Voltaire, first define your terms.
master n. (1.) a revered leader, (2.) an artist or performer of consummate skill (3.) One whose work serves as a model or ideal.
speaker n. (1.) one who speaks, educates, or trains.
Many people stand before audiences and speak, educate, or train. What qualities set master speaker apart? What aspects of character, what business practices, what habits, what attitudes, what stance, cause a speaker to be recognized as a master?
This pastiche is keyed in with no notes, no references. Just my gut. That's where my views are born. That's where your views are born. From your core, from your essence, from your deepest feelings. Let's see if you're able to agree with my gut convictions. The qualities and aspects of a master speaker are these:
1. Integrity: Without this sterling quality, nothing else matters. I mean being more than as good as your word. I mean living and breathing with bone-deep resolve that if you say it, you live it-regardless of cost.
This includes your accountabilities to each of your constituencies: decision-maker who hires you, client paying your fee, audience before which you're privileged to stand. Each expects value in return for their investment of faith or money or time in you.
2. In-depth research: Do you show up and deliver a standard shtick...the same piece you rolled out last week? The same piece you'll present next week somewhere else? If so, you're an actor, a performer, yes. Well and good. world needs you. And you're not a master speaker! The master speaker does adequate research. Every time.
The master speaker customizes, creates a program for each audience. The master speaker bestows a one-time experience on each audience-delivers wisdom born for time and place, for company, for association or group in their here and now moment. The master speaker takes into account needs, wants, hungers, attitudes, biases, perceptions, challenges, conditions, stated and unstated, of each constituent.