3 Speeches to Inspire Your Own Public Speaking

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Delivering a speech can cause even the most confident among us to break a sweat.

But there are many strategies you can use to deliver a speech with poise, confidence, and conviction. Instructor Marjorie North introduces many techniques for effective public speaking, and here we’ve curated three inspiring speeches that demonstrate some of these basic principles. By watching these videos, you can see how each principle has been applied and practice the techniques yourself.

1. Pay Attention to Your Nonverbal Skills.

Watch how powerfully Donovan Livingston's enthusiasm, energy, and purpose affects this Harvard Graduate School of Education student speech.

Donovan Livingston's Harvard Graduate School of Education graduation speech

2. Organize and Structure Your Message.

Listen to how an admiral takes the task of making your bed from a mundane chore to something you’ll feel empowered to do through a pristinely structured message.

This admiral's inspiring speech will convince you to make your bed every morning, via Business Insider

3. Connect with Your Audience.

Observe how JK Rowling cleverly connects to her audience in the opening of her 2008 Harvard Commencement speech. She reveals her fear about delivering the speech, then manages to turn the situation into a moment of connection as she and her audience laugh together.

JK Rowling delivers the 2008 Harvard Commencement speech