Recent Articles in Great Speeches

April 23, 2019

On this Day: The Man in the Arena


Significant Speeches , On This Day , Great Speeches , Seen|Read|Heard , The Buckley Experience

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.

Read More ⟶

April 12, 2019

On This Day: The Ballot or the Bullet


Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , On This Day , Resources , Public Speaking

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."

Read More ⟶

April 3, 2019

On This Day: I've Been to the Mountaintop


On This Day , Great Speeches , Significant Speeches , Resources

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.

Read More ⟶

February 20, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Antithesis


Rhetorical Devices , Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Great Speeches

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.

Read More ⟶

December 7, 2018

FDR's Speech and the Day That Lives in Infamy


On This Day , Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , Public Speaking

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...

Read More ⟶

November 19, 2018

On This Day: The Gettysburg Address


Significant Speeches , On This Day , Great Speeches , Public Speaking

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...

Read More ⟶

September 12, 2018

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


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Great Speeches , Significant Speeches , On This Day

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...

Read More ⟶

August 28, 2017

The Dream Speech: 54 Years Ago Today


Public Speaking , Seen|Read|Heard , Significant Speeches , Great Speeches , On This Day

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?

Read More ⟶