1. US President Barack Obama is considered to be among the best contemporary speakers. Here is one of his best speeches.
An analysis of why the speech worked so well is available here.
2. Martin Luther King – ” I have a dream ”
“I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King Junior is a widely known speech that demonstrates the power of rhetoric and the effect it can have on the audience. This speech was written and presented by Martin Luther King Jr. in the year 1963. Continue reading the analysis of the speech here, after watching the video below.
3. Bill Gates on Malaria – TED Talk
Bill Gates’ interesting use of props can be found in this video. Here is a very useful article titled ” How Bill Gates Radically Transformed His Public Speaking And Communication Skills ” – click here to read the article.
4. Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most effective presenters. Here are a few videos from his product launches and some analysis of his speeches.
Steve Jobs – 2007 iPhone Presentation
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Steve Jobs: 3 Lessons From The Keynote Master
Present Like Steve Jobs
5. The power of introverts – Susan Cain
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. (Watched by more than 2.6 Million viewers) Through TED Talks.
6. Inspirational speech by Al Pacino from the movie ” Any Given Sunday”
“That’s a team, gentlemen and either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.” That was one of the most famous lines of the famous speech in the movie, Any Given Sunday given by Al Pacino’s character. (Watch the video below and read the analysis about how the 3 parts of a speech – ethos, logos and pathos – are used effectively here and here).
Click here for an article that highlights some of the best speeches(including some of the above).
7. Nelson Mandela – “I am prepared to die”