Darren LaCroix: Anyone can do this

Darren LaCroix was the Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking in 2001. In his first lesson of "The Path to Powerful Presentations" he tells about the way he got involved with public speaking and his dream of becoming a comedian.

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Barack Obama: Speech on Patriotism

On June 30, 2008, Barack Obama responded to the questioning of his patriotism in Independence, MO. And again he proves that he has some speaking skills.

Transcript on JedReport.com.

Don’t get me wrong, I would include speeches from Sen. McCain. But in my opinion he and his speech writers should visit some of the links in the sidebar.

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Craig Ferguson: White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner 2008

This year at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Craig Ferguson, host of the "Late Late Show" and American citizen since February 2008, had the honor to roast.

Not as brave as Stephen Colbert, but still pretty funny.

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Pema Chodron: “Troublemakers”

Sorry, embeding is disabled, so here is the short excerpt from a speech given by Pema Chodron: Why the job of a spiritual friend is to insult you…

A nice story with a surprising end.

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J.K. Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination (Commencement speech at Harvard, 2008)

Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford was one of the best speeches I have seen so far. This commencement speech by Joanne K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008 is on a par.

It seems that those who experienced major setbacks in their life can deliver the best speeches to graduates.

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.

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