Anthony (Tony) Robbins is an American self-help author and success coach. He is a major figure as a professional public speaker and has released a host of books in the genre of self-help and personal motivation. He has also advised or consulted with some of the most famous leaders in the world.
Robbins is a best selling author and his books discuss the topics of health and energy, enhancing relationships, overcoming fears and persuasive communication. He has published four titles. The first of which, Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement was released in 1986. His last book, Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life was released in 1995. He has also contributed to no less than nine other publications and released six CDs/DVDs.
Robbins conducts seminars in which he addresses large crowds. The main focus of his seminars is the ability to release one’s personal power, take action and thus have the potential to achieve greatness. During some of his events, participants from the crowd are inspired to walk barefoot on hot coals at the end of a session to portray how seeming impossible goals can be achieved with self-belief.
He is regarded as one of the most influential public speakers today. This is largely due to his charismatic onstage persona and self-assurance. He uses a basic, casual lexicon, providing his message in the clearest possible way and doesn’t overwhelm his audience with overly complex language. Robbins builds a rapport with his crowd by being conversational and asking questions, he is speaking to them and not at them. His body language is very much relaxed and at ease with being under the spotlight. This immediately removes any awkwardness felt by him or the crowd and his facial expressions are often exaggerated.
Robbins’ onstage persona is so effective because his performance comes across as entirely natural. He articulates his speech using very few hesitancy features. These are the natural ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ people use every day when speaking. This skill wasn’t achieved overnight, it would have taken a lot of work. At the beginning of his career, Robbins did hundreds of gigs and it was only by accumulating vast experience did he become a successful public speaker.