Different answers are given whenever people are asked to identify their favorite or most memorable speeches. Some might choose Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Winston Churchill's "Winds of War" discourse, Earl Spencer's eulogy for his sister Diana, Princess of Wales, John F. Kennedy's "Inaugural Address", or Justin Trudeau's eulogy for his father Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Of course, there is no one right answer to this question. Speeches, like many things such as music and movies, are very subjective. However, there is one common thread that all of these famous speeches have; they have touched people at a deep level in one way or another. Some of these speeches have inspired many to take action for a just cause, to denounce actions by others, to help heal emotional and psychological wounds caused by some horrific event, or to send a message of hope that things will get better in the near future.
Very few of us will ever be put in a position to deliver a speech that could possibly touch as many people as the speeches mentioned above have. However, whenever anyone of us delivers a speech we also have the potential of making a deep connection with members of the audience - even if it's with just one person. Whether it is a serious business speech in front of the local chamber of commerce or a more light-hearted one at a festive occasion, if your speech connects with just one person in the audience this could affect you in a very positive way. Perhaps it will lead to a new friendship, business opportunity, or ... even a romance!
As the best man, a speech that I delivered at a close friend's wedding in 1999 led to a very profound change in my life. The speech was very well received and generated several laughs from the newlyweds and the guests, as well as some emotional tears from the bride.
In attendance that night was a woman that I had been introduced to by the groom about three years prior to that day. From that earlier meeting this woman had gotten the impression that I was somewhat aloof. Upon seeing me at the church before the wedding ceremony, her reaction was "Oh no, not him!". However after my speech, no longer was I a distant person, but somebody with a sense of humor and a heart. One thing led to another and a little over two years after that wedding, this woman and I were married.
Nothing would make us happier than having a speech, toast or poem Words2Touch.com writes for you affect your life and the life of others in a positive way ... well, maybe getting that elusive "hole in one" on a golf course somewhere might make us just as happy !
- Alan Milevoy ( Founder of Words2Touch )