Thinking about these comedians reminded me of what it takes to be a good speaker. The better speakers:
- Are confident and prepared. They know themselves, their topic, and most importantly - their audience.
- They know what's relevant ahead of time and switch gears as needed - they're dynamic, innovative, and motivating.
- They never stop listening to and watching the audience for queues. They know when to ask questions (if not just rhetorical), listen, and then move on - timing is a definite key to a great presentation.