You have an extraordinary story to tell. But let's face it -- some people are better than others at telling their stories. Some men and women stand apart. They grab more attention, close more deals, and persuade more employees, customers, and colleagues to follow their vision.

The following individuals were profiled in the book 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators, by Carmine Gallo. Our slide show features contemporary business execs considered among the top speakers in Corporate America. These men and women have leveraged their powerful communications skills to build such companies as General Electric, Starbucks, and Apple.

They look different, sound different, and come from different generations, but they all command attention and connect to their audiences -- whether they consist of one or 1,000. They are charismatic, persuasive, inspirational, and simply magnetic. Best of all, we can learn something from all of them. By adopting their best traits, business professionals in a variety of industries will learn to craft and deliver a story that's clear, concise, and compelling.

View the slide presentation at BusinessWeek