15 Recommended Great Speeches

 So You Want To Deliver Great Speeches

Great Speeches don’t have to be delivered by great people.  Everyone can deliver great Call-To-Action speeches.  


Thomas Suarez, a 12-year-old, taught himself to build iPhone apps. Suarez started an app club at his school, helping other kids build and share their creations, and also gave a Ted-X Talk, which was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on YouTube. (Text Source: abcnews.go.com)

Qualities of Great Speeches:

  • Well-planned with a clear objective
  • Well-structured with a logical and smooth flow
  • Delivered with clarity and conviction
  • Captivating contents
  • Delivered in simple English
  • Delivered with body language that connects with the audience
  • An appropriate vocal tone that relates to the topic and connects with the audience
  • A voice that brings out the inner feelings and forms emotional connections
  • Ability to relate the contents with things that the audience are familiar with
Great Speeches Don't Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People.
Great Speeches Don’t Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Today, I would like to share 15 speeches that I deemed are great speeches.

#1 – Oprah Winfrey: Golden Globes 2018 Speech

Oprah Gail Winfrey, an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#2 – Alexander Betts: Why Brexit Happened – And What to Do Next?

Alexander Betts, a Social Scientist who explores the ways societies might empower refugees rather than pushing them to the margins. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#3 – Nigel Marsh – How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Nigel Marsh, an Author and Marketer who presents and writes on business and persona life – and how the two interact. He is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired.” (Text Source: Ted.com)

#4 – Joan Halifax: Compassion and The True Meaning of Empathy

Joan Halifax, an Author and Zen Priest who is known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill. She is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#5 – Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

Bill Gates, a Technologist, and Philanthropist who changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#6 – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs, the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#7 – Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson, an Author, and Educator who challenged the way we educate our children, championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#8 – Bill Bernat: How to Connect with Depressed Friends

Bill Bernat, a Mental Health Awareness Advocate. He is a recovering addict living with a bipolar condition who advocates for mental health awareness through speaking, comedy, and storytelling. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#9 – Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin: Tiny Robots With Giant Potential

Paul McEuen, a Physicist whose research explores the nanoscale world. Marc Miskin, an Engineer who works on the design and fabrication of cell-sized robots. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#10 – Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins, is a bestselling Author, Life coach, TV Host. and CNN Commentator. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#11 – Astro Teller: The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure

Astro Teller, an Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Author oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#12 – Tony Fadell: The First Secret of Design is … Noticing

Tony Fadell, a Product Creator, the originator of iPod. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#13 – Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. Her fascinations: genius, creativity, and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#14 -Kate Bowler: “Everything Happens for a Reason” – And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler, A Divinity Professor, and Author who is reexamining her perspective on the “prosperity gospel”: the belief that good things happen to good people. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#15 Jack Ma Speech at Lomonosov Moscow State University

Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, (Text Source: Wikipedia)

In Conclusion

If you want to deliver impactful speeches, you have to believe in what you are delivering. Never undermine every speech that you deliver. Believe it or not, some of which might act as a catalyst for individual and organizational transformation.

Craft your speeches and know what your audience wants from you. Do not deliver a speech for the sake of presenting. Remember that informative speeches educate, whereas emotional speeches lead people to “buy-in” for your ideas.


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