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Best Public Speakers: Studying Jensen Huang

Updated: Nov 30

We chose Jensen Huang for our "Best Public Speakers" list because of his leadership presence. He is noteworthy because of his passion for developing innovative graphic technology and his organized message delivery. Jensen is a Tiawanese American billionaire, businessperson and electrical engineer. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Nvidia Corporation, which he co-founded in 1993.

by Stephanie Bickel

The best public speakers event we reviewed was the GTC (Graphics Technology Conference) 2021 where Jensen Huang is the keynote. During this event he introduces amazing breakthroughs in building virtual worlds with NVIDIA Omniverse. It premiered April 12, 2021.

Watch the A.I. video from 13:15-16:00 and Jensen begins speaking at 16:00.

Jensen's greatest leadership communication skills:

  1. Professional Style: Jensen is known for his high intensity and positive energy. He is exactly that in this example!

  2. Message Structure: His message is well written and organized. In the beginning he explains the architecture of his talk while referring to "4 stacks" to be discussed.

  3. Creative Vision: He is excited about providing tools to the "DaVinci's" of our time. He says, "With GPUs in computers we gave scientists a time machine." They can now do their life’s work in their lifespan. He explains how the technology he develops accelerates progress and puts conceptual ideas into action sooner than every before.

  4. Vocal Highlighting: Jensen has great vocal presence. He uses pacing and pause to highlight his message delivery. This is how he controls where he wants the audience to focus.

What Jensen could do to improve his leadership communication skills:

  1. Because he presentation is recorded from his kitchen without a "live" audience, his style reads as non-conversational and less interactive. This is different from other presentations he has given previously.

  2. His stillness looks less natural and forced. If you watch his other videos, you will see him use a lot of grand gestures that show off his wingspan. In this video he uses micro hand gestures in the beginning at 16:00, but then becomes more still and anchored at the kitchen counter at 19:00. More hand gestures would have helped him look more connected to the content. This stillness also made us more aware that he is using a teleprompter.


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