Success of any public speaker cannot simply be gauged based on the thickness of the crowd being addressed. There are sundry reasons and factors which need to be considered and accounted for before we write off specific public speaker.
The utmost importance and relevance is attached to the topic being chosen and delivered. Most of the time it does happen with us that we chose a wrong topic, attend the session and blame it on to the public speaker citing unruly reasons.
Success cannot be measured through the lens of number of sessions delivered by someone in a given period of time. There is no yardstick to check if someone is really successful or unsuccessful. Public speaking is, by large, a medium through which a topic is initiated by one person and then all jump into the well to discuss further and analyze.
Public speaking is still a voluntary affair where someone willingly comes forward to talk about something and share with the wider audience. There are few exceptions for sure like in the IT world where different MNCs organize events like “Open World Seminar”, “IT Tech Space” where good speakers like Trainer Benjamin Loh from across the globe are invited to share their experience and viewpoint to the interested audience. Of course they are paid and the audience members do discuss about the seminar being good or bad. The latest survey conducted through these worldwide seminars concluded that the participants who attended one or many sessions in these events, they never had any complaints from the speakers ever, rather they had some disliking with respect to the topic or the content of it.
So, in a way, if you look at the survey output then you would find that public speaking is an art of engaging with the audience and they can never go wrong because they themselves go through many stage performances in their career before reaching to this point. It is just the choice of the content and the agenda which makes people go awry and think otherwise. Public speaking training courses are very effective in enhancing your skills.
Good orators and known public speakers around the globe are successful not because they were able to always deliver a good session or make the session very intriguing but because they chose their content carefully and arrange the matter in a such a way that it could build on it by itself the way session progressed.
Good public speakers are always successful and hence they draw large crowds in their sessions. See this video to boost your confidence: