The best conversationalists / speakers

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  1. zerostyle

    zerostyle Senior member

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    Hi,

    Recently, I realized that I am always incredibly impressed by eloquent people.

    While I'm a relatively good speaker, I'd love to work on my delivery and charisma.

    Does anyone have examples of their favorite celebrities, historical figures, or other people that they find incredibly inspiring?

    To further clarify - I am looking more for people who are good at everyday conversation - not necessarily grandiose speeches. ( I'm not looking for a list of Martin Luther King types ).

    Like:
    - cool, smooth flow of conversation
    - witty but laid back

    Dislike:
    - pretentiousness
    - using fancy vocabulary unnecessarily

    Anyone come to mind?
     


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    Tom Ford

    Henry Rollins
     


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    I have always found Bill Cosby to be a wonderful teller of stories.
     


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    Stephen Fry. A natural conversationalist if there ever was one.
     


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    Hate to say it, but Kevin Smith is a great storyteller; at the very least, he's a better storyteller than he is a director.
     


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    george clooney?

    oh yeah kevin smith has that show dinner for five.
     


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    Pliny Senior member

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    Hi,

    Recently, I realized that I am always incredibly impressed by eloquent people.

    While I'm a relatively good speaker, I'd love to work on my delivery and charisma.

    Does anyone have examples of their favorite celebrities, historical figures, or other people that they find incredibly inspiring?

    To further clarify - I am looking more for people who are good at everyday conversation - not necessarily grandiose speeches. ( I'm not looking for a list of Martin Luther King types ).

    Like:
    - cool, smooth flow of conversation
    - witty but laid back

    Dislike:
    - pretentiousness
    - using fancy vocabulary unnecessarily

    Anyone come to mind?

    P J O'Rourke
    Barry Humphries, for humour
    Rush Limbaugh
    Chris Hitchens
    Oscar Wilde
    David Farrar
    Marilyn Manson

    I tend to like people with a sense of humor too, find them more persuasive
     


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    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    David Bowie
    Simon Schama
    David Foster Wallace
    James Watson
    Tom Wolfe
    Larry Summers
     


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  10. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    And after seeing Alice Cooper on Top Gear. He is also a pretty darn laid back, intelligent, humourous and charismatic conversationalist.
    P J O'Rourke Barry Humphries, for humour Rush Limbaugh Chris Hitchens Oscar Wilde David Farrar Marilyn Manson I tend to like people with a sense of humor too, find them more persuasive
    I am not sure where you can find a video of Oscar Wilde :p
     


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    mordecai Immoderator

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    Truman Capote
    Jane Goodall
    Ira Glass
    Agnes Martin
    Garrison Keillor
    Steve Jones
    Barney Frank
    Mr. Rogers

    +1 to Buckley
     


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    mordecai Immoderator

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    Master-Classter Senior member

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    listen to Alton Brown explain something.
     


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    :) heard a recording of Wilde (died early last C I think, must have been a wax drum rec ) and he sounded v. reedy, like the old fairy he was. But reputedly best/funniest dinner party guest ever.
     


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    Russel Brand, based on late night talk show interviews.
     


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