Top Ten Most Persuasive Speakers of All Time

Sometimes, 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.
The Top Ten
1 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September ...read more.

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.

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.

He was a smart person but he certainly abused his power to do evil things.

2 Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through ...read more.

The only place on the Internet where both MLK Jr. and Hitler are the top two on a top 10 list.

His “I had a dream” speech brought so many people to his cause, through a very strong and persuasive message.

3 Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.
4 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917 - November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban ...read more.
5 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States in its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.
6 Pericles

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.

7 Demosthenes

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.

8 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004
9 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
10 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt ...read more.

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.

The Contenders
11 Jesus Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4). ...read more.

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.

He's obviously the best.

12 Ben Shapiro Benjamin Aaron Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer. He has written seven books, the first being 2004's Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth, which he started writing when he was 17 years old.

I’m not a huge conservative, but man this guy can debate.

Cuckoo brain.

13 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.

He was persuasive enough to has a whole lot of people try to kill people at the Capital building. He is freaking CRAZY!

Are you trying to make me laugh?

14 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

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.”

15 Joseph Goebbels Joseph Goebbels (29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

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.

16 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.
17 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. ...read more.
18 Mikhail Gorbachev
19 Muammar Gaddafi
20 Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he ...read more.
21 Ruhollah Khomeini Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini, known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian Shia Islam religious leader and politician.
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23 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator ...read more.

People thought he won the debates against JFK when they listened to the radio. Likewise people who saw it in person and on TV thought JFK won

24 Joe Biden Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th President of the United States. He was the 47th Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, ...read more.
25 Socrates Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought.
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