After interviewing more than 80 speakers, I found that after passion and authenticity, one of the most often mentioned public speaking super powers was reading a room.
What does that mean?
It means that you are in tune with and aware of your audience. It means that you know when they are paying attention and when they are starting to drift away. I means you know when they need a boost of enthusiasm and when they need you to pause.
It also means you know when they are getting what you’re saying and when you’ve lost them.