Recent Articles in On This Day

September 16, 2019

To Be Repeated: The Stump Speech


Public Speaking , On This Day , Resources , Seen|Read|Heard

What can we learn from a stump about business presentations? How about the power of connecting, the efficiency of creating a consistent message, and the beauty of knowing when to incorporate a twist...

Read More ⟶

August 31, 2019

On This Day: The American Scholar


Great Speeches , On This Day , Significant Speeches

In case you think our worries about the influence of such things as Twitter and university education are recent ones, consider this speech Ralph Waldo Emerson made in 1837...

Read More ⟶

July 25, 2019

Michelle Obama: When They Go Low


On This Day , Great Speeches , Public Speaking , Instruction

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...

Read More ⟶

July 4, 2019

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


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

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.

Read More ⟶

June 12, 2019

Great Speeches: Berlin, Donuts and Walls


Great Speeches , On This Day , Significant Speeches , Tips

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...

Read More ⟶

June 5, 2019

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


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

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...

Read More ⟶

May 29, 2019

On This Day: Ain't I a Woman


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

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?

Read More ⟶

May 6, 2019

On this Day: The Real MVP


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

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...

Read More ⟶

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 ⟶

March 21, 2019

Patrick Henry's Death-Defying Oratory


Significant Speeches , Public Speaking , On This Day , Resources

Patrick Henry's best-known speech makes the case for passion, parallel structure, and the power of simple words. But did he really say his most famous line? Or did he ad lib something else?

Read More ⟶

January 28, 2019

Winning with Humor: 'Should Men Vote?'


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

Suffragist Nellie McClung was tired of the put downs and excuses, so she used her talents for public speaking and humor to fight back...

Read More ⟶

January 5, 2019

Helen Keller's Remarkable Public Speaking


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

We all know Helen Keller as a remarkable person--but how much do you know about her career as a public speaker? On January 5, 1916, 35-year-old Keller spoke at Carnegie Hall...

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 ⟶

November 4, 2018

On This Day: Obama 2008 Victory Speech


Significant Speeches , On This Day , Seen|Read|Heard

Making history with his election 10 years ago, Barack Obama delivered a speech that referenced Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and most of all, Abraham Lincoln.

Read More ⟶

September 23, 2018

On This Day: The Checkers Speech


Public Speaking , Significant Speeches , On This Day

On this day in 1952, Richard Nixon and a cocker spaniel gave the world a televised address we still talk about. Check out the Checkers speech....

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 ⟶