1. Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Speech
During Harvard’s 366th commencement day, Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook was invited to be the speaker. Having been a Harvard student once, and currently being one of the most successful people in the world he was the perfect choice to deliver the speech to the class of 2017. Here are a few key points from his speech.
He noted that it is not enough for us to find purpose rather the challenge that needs to be addressed is creating a world where we all find our purpose. It is important that each person feels like they are a part of something bigger than themselves, the feeling of being needed. One of the memorable things he said was “Purpose is what creates true happiness”. It is not enough to create jobs for the current generation of millennials rather it is also important to create a renewed sense of purpose and not just for yourself as an individual but also for others around you. This can be through; coming up with and taking on big meaningful projects that also gave the people working on them a sense of pride.
The founder of Facebook noted that the world has a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. The world loses when people have ideas but don’t have the freedom or means to turn their idea into an enterprise. We need to create a balance where people with ideas that could change the world are able to have access to the finance they need to make their ideas a reality.
• Global community
The world as it is now is a global village, the things that used to define us no longer do so and now more than ever we are one community. Each day barriers are being broken and it is a good thing and we can use this to fight global problems that we are facing like climate change, taking on leaders who abuse human rights and abuse the democratic rights of their citizens. Think about it how many times has the world banded together through social media and raised our voices against an injustice thereby bringing about change.
2. Oprah Winfrey’s 2018 Golden Globes Speech
In January of 2018 during the Golden Globe awards legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award. Her acceptance speech was hailed as one of the most moving speeches ever delivered and deserved the standing ovation that it got. In her speech that was eloquently delivered she highlighted important issues like racial injustice, attacks against the media and the abuse that women face. So what made the speech so memorable? She started with a story that captured the audience’s attention, she was prepared, she was eloquent, she maintained eye contact and most importantly she talked passionately about issues that the audience identified and in turn stirred up their passion thus the standing ovation.
3. Emma Gonzales’ Speech At The March For Our Lives Rally
Emma Gonzales a student who survived the mass school shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed delivered a moving speech that went viral and brought tears to so many people and hailed her as a leader in the fight for gun control. Her words were passionate, memorable and she spoke eloquently to the thousands who had turned out for the march. She had the crowd’s attention right from the start; she appealed to the emotions of the crowd and spoke on their behalf with such vigor calling on the attention of the leaders who have the power to bring the needed gun reforms. She was unafraid and she held herself with grace and poise and her speech earned the attention of the whole world.
These speeches are great examples of great writing and the people who wrote them did not turn to the internet to buy speech writing services, the take away here is anyone can write and deliver a great and memorable speech.