Randy Pausch: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” (The Last Lecture)

Usually, I wouldn’t go with a topic every week, but this great man deserves it.

Professor Randy Pausch passed away on July 25th. Nine month before he died from pancreatic cancer, he left behind an outstanding spoken gem. His last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University inspired millions of viewers all over the world.

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You might have seen the lecture on YouTube before. This one is a longer version including speeches from friends and collegues (Steve Seabolt, Jim Foley, Jimmy Cohen and Andries "Andy" van Dam) after the lecture.

Carnegie Mellon provides a transcript [.pdf]. More information can be found at Six Minutes.

Update: Since Google Video is down, this is version no longer contains the subsequent speeches by his friends and collegues.

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Johnny Search: Flirting

Finally, for the week of brave speeches I have something special for you. Have you ever heard of Powerpoint Karaoke?

The basic rule is simple: You have to give a presentation with slides you’ve never seen before. This video is from the inaugral McCann Sydney PPTK event and so far the best I could find: Johnny Search didn’t know in advance that he will talk about flirting.

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If you haven’t had enough, there are more presentations from the same event.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki: UN Earth Summit 1992

In 1992, 12-year old Severn Cullis-Suzuki closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech at the UN Earth Summit.

 

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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.

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Transcript of the memorial service.

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Jean Sara Rohe

21-year-old student Jean Sara Rohe has been celebrated as a heroine for her speech at the New School graduation ceremony, where Sen. McCain was invited to the keynote address.

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A transcript (and an edited version of the speech) in the description.

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