Inspirational Speakers & Speeches: Steve Ballmer

Like him or loathe him, there’s no denying Steve Ballmer is an engaging speaker.

If you don’t know who Steve Ballmer is check out his bio on Forbes. Short on time? Then you just need to know him as the CEO of Microsoft who has recently announced he’ll be stepping down.

What’s important is his ability to engage an audience through his speaking style. As you know we firmly believe speaking opportunities are a great marketing and communications tool, but how do you deliver a great speech? It takes a lot of preparation and practice.

I really like the example below of Steve Ballmer’s farewell speech. There’s not a lot of content, but there’s no hiding the emotion, the drama and the passion which he shows his audience. Is that also the sign of a good leader? It’s certainly an engaging speech and something for which Steve Ballmer is renowned.


You can enjoy a host of other passionate Steve Ballmer performances on YouTube here. I will never get tired of seeing Steve in action, but of course he’s stepping down from Microsoft so we will have to wait and see what comes next.