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Speech Writing Tips For Students From Legendary Speakers

    • Speech Writing Tips For Students From Legendary Speakers

      The ability to resonate with an audience can be measured by the legendary status of your speech.

       
      There are certain speeches you’ve heard yourself or heard about from others that stay in mind for weeks,years, or even a lifetime. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F Kennedy cemented themselves in our memory banks, and the words of Honest Abe can be recalled by a simple, “Four score and seven years ago…”, even if you don’t know how long a “score” actually is. So, what is it about the content, tone, and delivery about speeches that stick?

      Listen to these three speeches, you may have never heard. Channel your inner public speaking critic to listen in, measure the takeaways, and see if these orators make history. What can you learn from them? Brought to you in partnership with Driving Force Institute.
       

      Barbara Jordan


       

      Lyndon B. Johnson


       

      William Jennings Bryan

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    • It is a powerful activity to analyze and deconstruct speeches, and other forms of spoken word, as a way to identify how they can impact culture or community.  One of my favorite activities is to deconstruct Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and identify how his cadence communicates as much information as does his content. Thank you so much for sharing these speeches!

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