Speeches

Denny Wilkins

Many a time students have said to me, “I’ve got to give a presentation before an audience and I’m so nervous. What can I do?” My advice is always just two words: Speak slowly. So why speak slowly, they ask…. Read More ›

Robert McCarthy

When I attended St. Joseph’s School in Scotia, Sister Lourdes Marie picked me (a mere sixth grader) to compete against eighth graders in a Catholic youth group debate in Albany. The topic: Teen-aged Freedoms and Responsibilities. I wrote out my… Read More ›

Brad Lawrence

A speech is telling a story. Personal anecdotes help, but should be used sparingly. There can/should be a vision or theme- tied together and fleshed out by the substance. Preferably the opening and the closing connect as bookends. Try to… Read More ›

Bob Mahon

A great speech should tickle the ear; engage the mind; and stir the soul. A speech should begin with, and focus on, one key point, and conclude with an appeal to action. Speeches should have rhythm and flow; follow (but… Read More ›

Mary Caffrey

For length, err on the side of short. No one will criticize you for giving a short speech. Think homilies at the Jersey Shore in August. Ask the person giving the speech two things: (1) what is THE central idea… Read More ›