2014’s best and worst communicators

Spanning politics and pop culture, business mavens and sports idols, these tandem lists highlight the silver-tongued and cast a harsh glare on the tongue-tied.

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These famous examples from business, politics, sports and pop culture have left indelible impressions this year—both for better and for worse.

10 Best

1. Robin Williams

Robin Williams deftly employed crucial assets of all top communicators-spontaneity and the ability to live in the moment. He was uniquely funny and deserving of in memoriam honors for his work. He used his brilliant mind, as well as his body and props, to add physical expression to his words and humor in the moment.

2. Richard Branson

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