6 Different Speaker Types

There’s nothing worse than booking a public speaker who turns up and doesn’t quite hit the mark.

There’s a few reasons this can happen but the most common ones are:

  • The speaker wasn’t a good fit for your audience
  • You’d never seen the speaker in action before
  • You were influenced by a high-energy, unrepresentative showreel

At Mic Drop we want to remove the uncertainty of booking an unseen public speaker.

That’s why every speaker on our platform is assigned a speaker personality type. Whilst not an exact science, these personality badges give you a great indicator of the energy and style that a speaker will bring to your event.

For more information on the strengths, weaknesses and appropriateness of each personality type, see below:

1. The Serious Sage

The Sage is a very knowledgeable speaker, offering a logical and well research approach to a subject. They are an expert in their field and progress the audiences intellectual understanding of a topic.

Strengths:

  • Informing Audiences
  • Understanding a niche
  • Q+A sessions
  • Possible Weaknesses:
  • Low Energy
  • Lack of Emotional Connection

Great as a:

  • Subject Matter Expert
  • Panellist
  • Audience Feelings/Emotions: Educated, Impressed, Informed.

Example Speakers:

Amy Myers Jaffe

One of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on the energy industry

Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based in the Particle Physics group at the University of Manchester, where he holds the chair in Particle Physics.

2. The Jolly Jester

The Jester is an entertaining speaker who excels at bringing a smile to the audience. Their performances often consist of storytelling, humour and high energy.

Strengths:

  • Humour
  • Entertainment
  • Energising a room
  • Possible Weaknesses:
  • Lack of substance/insight
  • Great as a:
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Compere/MC
  • Youth Speaker

Audience Feelings/Emotions:

  • Happiness
  • Laughter
  • Positivity.

Example Speakers:

Andy Core

Wellness expert

Ayesha Hazarika MBE

Formerly a special advisor to the Labour party, Ayesha spent 9 years guiding senior party leaders in Government and the Opposition.

3. The Mesmerising Monarch

The Monarch is a polished, confident speaker who commands respect on the stage. They have often built their confidence through a position of authority (e.g. Business Leader, Politician, Military).

Strengths:

  • Confidence
  • Stage Presence
  • Reputation often attracts attendees

Possible Weaknesses:

  • Can seem distant from the audience
  • Reputation can sometimes precede their speaking ability

Great as a:

  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker

Audience Feelings/Emotions:

  • Awestruck
  • Inspired
  • Respect

Example Speakers:

Bernard Hogan-Howe

Lord Hogan-Howe is the most senior police officer in the UK

Billie Jean King

Named as one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century”, Billie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam titles during her tennis career, and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice.

4. The Persuasion Wizard

The Wizard is a charismatic speaker, who excels at charming an audience and encouraging transformation. They tend to be from a change management or sales background.

Strengths:

  • Charisma
  • Converting Cynics to Believers
  • High Energy

Possible Weaknesses:

  • Can seem shallow or manipulative

Great as a:

  • Motivator
  • Sales Trainer
  • Workshop Host

Audience Feelings/Emotions:

  • Excitement
  • Hope
  • Inspired

Example Speakers:

Bill Benjamin

25 years of real-world business experience as a senior leader

5. The Lightbulb Sparker

The Lightbulb sparkler is a highly engaging speaker, who helps audiences shift their mindset. They leave the audience pondering big questions, rather than any specific idea.

Strengths:

  • Rousing Innovation
  • Inspiring Teams
  • Storytelling

Possible Weaknesses:

  • Lack of ‘tangible’ information provided

Great as a:

  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Inspirational Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker

Audience Feelings/Emotions: Creativity, Revelation, Ideation, Motivation.

Example Speakers:

Alex Hunter

Branding expert

Alexandra Panayotou

Alex Panayotou helps professionals

6. The Peacemaker

The Peacemaker is a loveable pacifying force, who aims to make everyone feel good. They promote collaboration and often turn the spotlight on the audience.

Strengths:

  • Calming Presence
  • Adaptable
  • Building relationships within the audience

Possible Weaknesses:

  • Unlikely to wow an audience.

Great as a:

  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Moderator
  • Facilitator

Audience Feelings/Emotions: Empathy, Connection, Warmth, Happiness.

Example Speakers:

Alex Jones

TV presenter Alex Jones is the co-host of the BBC’s flagship programme The One Show.

Ben Shephard

Household name Ben Shephard is a sports fanatic and television presenter.