Recent Articles in Great Speeches

July 25, 2019

Michelle Obama: When They Go Low


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It's been three years since Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention and gave us the line we still quote today. Here's what you can learn from her approach to public speaking...

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July 4, 2019

Douglass: 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?'


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On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass believed his well-timed remarks would get noticed. It's become one of the most important speeches in American history.

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June 12, 2019

Great Speeches: Berlin, Donuts and Walls


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One wall, two famous speeches separated by 24 years. In the month of June, both Kennedy and Reagan spoke before the Berlin Wall. A look at the impact of their words and what we can learn from those speeches today...

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June 5, 2019

The Eyes of the World are Upon You: Eisenhower's D-day Speech


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On this day, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower recorded a message for D-day troops. Learn more about how this speech came together and the edits that made his words more powerful...

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May 29, 2019

On This Day: Ain't I a Woman


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Inspiring awe with her plain speaking, commanding presence, musical voice, and wit, Sojourner Truth gave her most quoted speech on a May day in Ohio, 168 years ago. But did she even say that famous line? And why does that speech still resonate today?

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May 6, 2019

On this Day: The Real MVP


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On this day in 2014, Kevin Durant spoke from the heart to pay tribute to his mother. Here's why serious speakers should give his speech another look, all memes aside...

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April 23, 2019

On this Day: The Man in the Arena


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Ever wondered if your speech fell flat? Theodore Roosevelt wasn't so sure about this one--though his famous lines have lived on to inspire in a variety of ways.

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April 12, 2019

On This Day: The Ballot or the Bullet


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The speech he gave on this day is considered one of the top 10 American speeches of the 20th century. Here's what we can learn from Malcolm X and "The Ballot or the Bullet."

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April 3, 2019

On This Day: I've Been to the Mountaintop


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The final oration from an inspiring leader and one of the greatest speakers of all time: A look at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Mountaintop" speech in Memphis.

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February 20, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Antithesis


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Why are we pro-antithesis? Here's how this artful juxtaposition can sharpen your point, challenge injustice, or make hearts soar--and make your words more memorable.

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December 7, 2018

FDR's Speech and the Day That Lives in Infamy


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How Franklin D. Roosevelt drafted one of history's best known and oft misquoted lines--and what his speech can teach us about the importance of working to find the right words...

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November 19, 2018

On This Day: The Gettysburg Address


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Seven score and 15 years ago on this day, Abraham Lincoln delivered a 270 word address that is still teaching us lessons about public speaking today...

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September 12, 2018

On This Day: 'We choose to go to the Moon'


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We do these things "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." On this day in 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech with lines that still resonate. What he said, how he said it, and what you can learn about speeches to inspire a vision...

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August 28, 2017

The Dream Speech: 54 Years Ago Today


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Fifty-four years ago on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Everyone claims to know this speech...but do they really?

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