Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, always thinks big and questions the status quo. This mindset has made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet. It looks like he’s just getting started.
Particularly noticeable: Musk’s presentations, which cast a spell over his audience. He’s not necessarily a great speaker. In fact, he often makes fundamental mistakes in presentation. He often interrupts himself and starts over in the middle of a sentence, uses pauses in the wrong places, gets lost in details and is known for particularly flat jokes.
Despite all of these weaknesses, Musk has become one of the most popular speakers of our generation. When you watch him, it’s almost impossible to look away. But why?
Musk is rhetorically weak, but authentic
In addition to Musk’s rhetorical weaknesses, he also has a very great strength: He is authentic.
When we really believe in an idea and focus on sharing that passion with others, we often forget about the mechanisms of speaking and presenting. Instead of focusing on being nervous, we then focus on our belief and our idea. As a result, we speak more naturally and make it difficult for listeners to turn away.
Of course, it helps if the ideas are innovative or at least a little unorthodox. This is another of Musk’s strengths. For him, not only is the “sky the limit” – it also goes beyond that.
The Tesla boss not only accepts problems, he also tries to solve them. Regardless of whether he is successful or not – people respect this attitude. If you are so passionate about presenting, it can inspire others, even if you are not the best speaker at all.
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This article was translated from English by Klemens Handke. You can find the original here.