Carrie Fisher: AFI Life Achievement Award 2005 (George Lucas)

After being reminded of the following quote by Randy Pausch, I knew what kind of speech has to come next:

Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day because there’s no other way to play it.

So I’ll start this week with a hilarious speaker most of you might only know for her acting: Carrie Fisher roasting George Lucas at the AFI Life Achievement Award 2005.

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John Cleese: Graham Chapman Memorial Service

I can’t imagine how hard it must be to find the right words when a friend dies. But I’m sure, that John Cleese (and the other members of Monty Python) found the right words in the eulogy given in tribute to Graham Chapman.

But what is brave about this speech? Listen for yourself.

Transcript of the memorial service.

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Stephen Colbert: White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

I decided to go with a topic for this week. Brave speeches.

The first one is the roast I mentioned in the Craig Ferguson post: Stephen Colbert speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint

Don McMillan is the probably the first comedian, who used PowerPoint in his shows. The first one are tips, how to not use PowerPoint in a presentation:

The second one is even better: It’s his "Users Guide to Life":

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Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes

Do you love classical music?

This is a passionate TED Talk by Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, which will teach you that you actually do, but aren’t aware of it. And he has some interesting things to say about leadership.

Even if you think classical music isn’t for you, watch it. I promise you won’t regret it.

The piece Zander plays in the middle of the talk is Prelude in E-minor (Op.28 No.4) by Frédéric Chopin.

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