Example of Good Speech
Everyone will eventually have to give a speech. The environment may be formal for certain people, such as weddings, fundraisers, or rallies. Others will attend a smaller, more informal event, such as a club meeting, a sports banquet, or a family reunion. The speaker should be able to hold the audience’s attention, whether the presentation is brief and humorous or lengthy and inspirational. High school students can improve their communication abilities and develop self-confidence by adhering to time-tested advice for making a speech in class.
I want you to know how honoured I am to have you here. As leaders, you are a special gift to the world, and we look to you to help shape the future. You are here because you think of being a leader and part of our society’s essential teaching and learning system. You represent our investment in the future.
You have elders who will learn and grow with you and guide you. You have your commitment and passion for social or human rights and dedication to the world you will leave behind for those who follow you. In a book titled, Learning to Lead, Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith say that leaders must focus on the following:
- The Reinvention of Self
- Knowing Yourself
- Creating and Communicating a Vision
- Maintaining Trust through Integrity
- Realising Intention through Action
To become leaders, we all go through an Individual Transformation; in his book on Deep Change, Quinn says, “The hero’s journey is a story of individual transformation and identity change. In embarking on the journey, we must leave the world of certainty. Instead, we must courageously journey to a strange place with many risks, and much is at stake, where new problems require us to think in new ways.” As you take this leadership journey, I want you to focus on yourself. Taking care of yourself, understanding yourself, challenging yourself. Enrich your spirit!
In Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, spirit means breath. So what happens to the spirit if most of us are too busy to breathe? If we always practise the “Logic of Task Pursuit?” when will we listen, reflect, and grow Being a leader is a hard job – it may be the most challenging. But once you’ve chosen it, you have a moral obligation to be your best self. So, you are learning and growing; remember that an essential part of this process is to focus on the following:
- Working Together in Collaborative Ways
- Respecting Civil Discourse
- Knowing the Rights of All People
- Understanding of Tension
- Having Free and Open Inquiry
- Both confident and modest.
- Listeners. (Listen then speak)
- Good at encouraging, and they are never satisfied.
- Leaders provide direction.
- Leaders make a change and stand for values that don’t change.
- Leaders lead by example.
- Leaders don’t blame. They learn. And,
- Leaders look for and network with other leaders.
- They make a plan, plan and plan.
- They know if they are not making a plan, they are planning to fail
- Communicate and Listen
- Encourage and Support
- Teach respect for others
- Develop a sense of trust
- Show a sense of shared responsibility
- Teach a sense of right and wrong
- Value service to others
- Admit to and seek help with problems
What an exciting journey! Enjoy every minute of your time. Always remember:
For you, I receiver
For you, I give
Together we share
By this, we live
Source: UNESCO Chair of Human Rights Conference 2005, USA