Top Ten Most Persuasive Speakers of All TimeSometimes, you can revolutionize the world with one speech. Think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Some people are just so persuasive, so believable, and so powerful with their word-selection and speaking that they can get millions of people hooked with one word. Hitler succeeded because of how persuasive his rants were. With these people, they make you believe they're on your side. You want to believe them. So here are the top ten most powerful speakers of all time.
Embarrassing to admit, but once when I was learning about Nazi Germany in history class, they showed a scene where he gave a speech and when he was finished, I actually started clapping for a moment without realizing it. So yes I can understand why he is number one.
As much as I hate to put him so high on the list, it's true that he is one of the most persuasive speakers of all time. He is able to stir up prejudices and hatred in anyone who listens to his rants, and that was pretty much the only reason he got in such a position of power.
Adolphus Hitler, one of the most evil people to ever live, had a dark charisma rivaled only by the likes of a few, that made possible the horrors of the holocaust.
When you can take over a country that is known in public to friends in high places and proceed to flip them off and get away with it.
This man had some of the greatest speeches ever. Such an inspiration.
The most Charismatic President we've had, with the possible exception of Abe Lincoln.
He had a dream that we would overcome the ideas of racial identity and address each other as individuals. He wanted us to view our fellow man, not on the basis of race, or gender, sexuality, or anything else but the content of their character. It was his mighty skills of persuasion that lead to civil rights movement to success through nonviolence. If only he were alive today, he, along with Kennedy and Lincoln, could really stand to teach these SJWs a lesson.
His "I had a dream" speech brought so many people to his cause, through a very strong and persuasive message.
The only place on the Internet where both MLK Jr. and Hitler are the top two on a top 10 list.
After someone else gave a speech that lasted two hours, he got up and gave a two-minute long address and sent the audience into roaring applause with his famous Gettysburg Address.
It's true that this man is a very good public speaker. Simply put: he knows how to connect with the American people by tapping into their emotions. Obama was making the American people relate to him on a personal level. By doing this, he's enabling them not only to listen to what he has to say, but to convince themselves that what he is saying is sensible and agreeable.
This famous and renowned Ancient Greek speaker's speeches were so unique, so different, that he basically redefined the public speech, stirring the spirits of his fellow Athenians.
I know how everybody says Hitler was the persuader in the Nazi Party but as minister of propaganda, Goebbels was the speaker and writer of many of its important speeches and movies. His media is even considered dangerous to watch now because it is so charismatic and toxic/persuasive.
This famous speaker from the 300s (BC) spent decades researching previous successful speeches and tactics of powerful speakers, including the renowned Pericles. His most famous speech was a warning against Philip of Macedonia going to conquer Greece (the father of Alexander the Great). These speeches, which were called the Philippics, were so bitter and scathing yet persuasive that today a severe speech denouncing someone is called a Phillippic.
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." - Ronald Reagan
Most well spoken, grounded, and persuasive speaker ever.
In 1893, he hold a persuasive speech at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
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How is Biden above Lenin, Goebbels, Khomeini among others? I know they were not good people but Lenin was such a good speaker that it helped sell people on one of the most important events in 20th century. Goebbels presentation of ideology helped fuel the biggest atrocity of the 20th century. Khomeini got people to follow him on his revolution in Iran which since his actions, the Middle East has never been the same. Biden is awkward as a speaker. Have you heard him talk about his hairy legs? Anyways my vote is for Jesus for how persuasive he was and Is to this day.
Jesus was the master at persuasion. He convinced people to follow him and spread his teachings. He would also talk in parables that made difficult topics easy to understand.
Although he likely didn't speak in front of crowds of thousands, Yeshua was a powerful orator that bestowed unto his disciples messages that still affect us to this day.
Great man I met him once and he made me some wine out of water once when I was thirsty.
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He was no exciting shouter like Hitler but a brilliant rhetorician with a fatherly way of speaking. His radio address of May 1, 1945 can be found in the Internet Archive (search terms: Dönitz 1945-05-01).
Lenin should be in the top ten. His speech convinced people to join him on the Russian Revolution which got the people to remove the czar and caused the rise of communism. He paved way for people like Hitler, Stalin and Mao.
Yes, Hitler too. Here is a quote from Goebbels: "Lenin was the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between communism and the Hitler faith was very slight."
Best liar of all time. He can tell his worshipers/followers that the sky is green and the grass is blue and they'd fight to the death to defend that statement
He should be ranked way higher than #19 on this list. He was the first leader of a democratic country to weaponize Facebook, Twitter and the media to spread lies, and manipulate and persuade people to do his bidding.
While I definitely don't support him, he essentially has half of America on his side, so clearly he's doing something effective.
He was persuasive enough to has a whole lot of people try to kill people at the Capital building. He is freaking CRAZY!
Jim Jones had a radiating charisma and targeted people from a lower-socioeconomic background in hopes that their organization would bring prosperity and justice to the less fortunate under the name of religion. First they had good intentions in mind, but would later lean into socialism. Unfortunately drug abuse consumed his personality for the worst, leading him to take the wrong way. When people are in a disadvantaged background, they would most likely turn their heads into religion or other faith in desperation for a better living. Jim Jones was the perfect example who took full advantage of that which lead to the massacre of Jonestown by using fear to control his followers. You have to have a special kind of narcissism and charisma to attract even high profile political figures, and to convince people to live in your own delusions.