Commencement Speeches - Replace Them

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Politico points out the many of the commencement speeches by big political players such as Elizabeth Warren and Terry McAuliffe have been  banal.    I would go further, all the way back to my own college graduation.   The reality is that the commencement speech, with few exceptions, has been an empty ritual. Those exceptions include Steve Jobs' talk at Stanford in 2005, It's time to replace the commencement speech.

Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. There have been lots of great commencement speeches so far this year. However, there was one speech, in particular, that’s become [.] The post Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam appeared first on Duarte. Culture Presentations Speech Analysis Storytelling

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Meryl Streep: Barnard Commencement Speech

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Meryl Streep opened her soul to the Barnard College graduating class last Monday. In a compelling commencement speech acknowledging the value of single-sex education, she celebrated both the power of a women’s perspective and the power of empathy to bring real change. Ethos, Logos, Pathos Her speech employed the classic Aristotelian elements of persuasive public speaking: ethos, [.]. Tags: Public Speaking Speech Showcase Barnard Meryl Streep

15 famous commencement speeches by women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: It's commencement time again, so we've updated this 2013 post since it first appeared with new additions to The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. If you're a woman commencement speaker, or the speechwriter for one, here's your inspiration.) Commencement is the start of something new, yes, but we're often stuck listening to the same old tired speeches in celebration. Admittedly, the commencement speech is a tough gig.

Commencement speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

May and June are prime graduation months … which means they’re prime months for commencement speeches. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting information for speechwriters who have to tackle a commencement address. To get started: Read the &# Commencement&# chapter in CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (St. Tags: commencement speeches

Commencement speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve received several inquiries about reference materials for commencement speeches. . Sections cover a wide range, including: Final exams … Absent-minded professors … Revealing graffiti … Crib sheets and blue book scams … Greek life … Homecoming … Tormenting the Faculty … Studying, and other games … Sports … and (of course) Graduation. . Tags: commencement speeches

Commencement speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

It’s the season when speechwriters start tackling those all-important commencement assignments. You’ll find an entire chapter devoted to commencement speeches in CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (St. This chapter will give you practical guidelines, plus excerpts from a wide range of commencements. Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed me for a one-hour show on commencement speeches (May 23 2007). His W&M commencement speech remains a classic.).

Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010

Green Room Speakers

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010 As I looked through this years commencement speeches, I came across this delightful opener. Hamid Mir addresses the graduates of the Kennedy School at Harvard and begins by asking everyone to get up and stretch. At the end of his speech, Mir gets the audience on their feet again - this time for a standing ovation.

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Commencement Speeches to Class of 2019 - Bring on The Darkness

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The female graduates of an Ivy found no buffer between themselves and raw reality.   So, it seems the right thing to do in these volatile times for commencement speakers to shift from maxing points of light in the scripting to bring on the darkness.  told graduates they were not special.    Also, I helped with a commencement talk to an Ivy in which it was documented how an elite education could be a career liability.

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The cashier's commencement speech

The Eloquent Woman

This May, at its commencement, Hampshire College featured a staff member as speaker. Roberta Tudryn, the cashier in the college's dining hall, gave a commencement address unlike any I've heard. This speaker knew every graduate--something those marquee commencement speakers can't match--and her genuine emotion and unique perspective come through clearly. You can read the text of Tudryn's commencement speech here , but do watch the video.

5 books that capture commencement speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Commencement ceremonies often feature women speakers, but their speeches are less frequently published than those of male speakers. Rowling in a now-viral Harvard commencement address. A Short Guide to a Happy Life preserves Anna Quindlen's planned 2000 commencement address at Villanova University, which was never given. It's one of my all-time favorite speeches, and a favorite gift I give.

Commencement Speeches to Class of 2016 - Borrow from Pema Chodron

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At a commencement speech in Naropa, American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, did something very unusual. In your commencement speech, whether it's at college or a law school, you can also introduce the failure meme. When I graduated a small liberal arts college in 1967, there was nothing in the commencement speech to prepare me for how difficult the transition would be to adulthood and careerism.

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Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Duarte Blog

Commencement season is upon us and you know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages to receive their diplomas. There have been lots of great commencement addresses so far this year – but there was one speech, in particular, that’s become a sensation: the address given by Will Ferrell at the University of Southern California commencement on May 12, 2017.

Commencement Speeches

Executive Speech Coach

Enjoy this top 10 list of commencement speeches as posted on Onlinecolleges.net Top 10 Commencement Speeches for Tech Lovers By Kathleen Baker Listening to or reading transcripts of old commencement speeches is a great way to feel inspired to take chances, start a new career, or find out what truly drives you. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 89)

Manner of Speaking

“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.&# — Robert Orben. Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Business Commencement speech Communication Graduation public speaking Robert OrbenRobert Orben - American Magician, Author and Comedy Writer.

Commencement Speeches

Speaking Of...

Author JK Rowling speaks to the Harvard Graduates, 2008 It's that time of year--graduation ceremonies, and words of wisdom for graduates, spoken by guest speakers, famous and less well known. Some schools have bucked the trend of inviting celebrities to give commencement addresses, in response to alumni and student feedback that says these speakers don't relate well to students. Brilliant man, poor commencement speaker.

6 Ways to Make a Commencement Speech Soar

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kudos to speechwriters Vinca Lafleur and Jeff Nussbaum for a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on 6 Ways to Make a Commencement Speech Soar. They note: …graduations are high-quality speaking occasions, with a sizable, knowledgeable, multigenerational audience; an upbeat theme; an aura of pageantry and pomp; and a decent chance of sunshine.

SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts' Commencement Speech - Tops Steve Jobs' Classic at Stanford

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the speechwriting community, Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford  continues to resonates. Supreme Court justice John Roberts' commencement address at middle school Cardigan Mountain School (his son's) will be the template I showcase for thought leadership expressed, yes, so simply. On Abovethelaw.com , lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino features that speech. Roberts encourages the graduates to be just, loyal and humble.

From The Eloquent Woman Index: 8 famous commencement speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

Commencement is the start of something new, yes, but we''re often stuck listening to the same old tired speeches in celebration. Can you remember your commencement speakers, or any memorable speakers at the graduations you''ve attended? Admittedly, the commencement speech is a tough gig. Carol Bartz''s 2012 commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison was full of plain speaking from the ex-CEO of Yahoo!,

J. K. Rowling, Harvard, and the memorable commencement speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Rowling’s commencement address to Harvard in 2008 and ask what I thought of her performance.  s  is a classic commencement speech.    It’s a good speech – it’s well written – but there is something about it that feels terribly old-fashioned.    Rowling reads the speech from start to finish, looking up occasionally to see the audience, but for a good deal of the time her head is buried in her text. 

Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest

OnSpeechwriting

All of which means it’s time again to commit ourselves to a reckoning of the best, the worst and the merely mediocre commencement speeches of 2011. This year’s crop of speeches – from luminaries, CEOs, actors, and secretaries of this department or that – was largely “B” work. So here’s a sampling of this year’s commencement speeches and what we speechwriters can learn from them for next year. This nice speech does several things right.

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Famous Speech Friday: Carol Bartz's commencement speech "Embrace failure"

The Eloquent Woman

Close to the start of this commencement speech to the 2012 graduates of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Carol Bartz laid it out plain, as is her habit: "I do feel like my remarks today should come with a warning label.Attention! Bartz was scrutinized from her first speech in that role , and has publicly discussed getting talked over in meetings by men who later claimed credit for her stated ideas. What can you learn from this speech?

A woman delivers top commencement speech

The Eloquent Woman

The Cicero Awards for speechwriting are out, and I'm happy to say that colleague and speechwriter Jeff Porro has won top honors for the commencement speech he wrote for Anne Lynam Goddard , President & CEO of the Christian Children’s Fund. The speech was delivered to the graduating class at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., The Cicero Awards are given by Vital Speeches of the Day , a leading newsletter chronicling current, excellent speeches.

Green Room Speakers: Will Ferrell's Harvard Commencement Speech

Green Room Speakers

Sunday, June 27, 2010 Will Ferrells Harvard Commencement Speech OK - So this is from 2003 and I am honestly not sure what you can learn from it, but I had to include it because it is just so funny. (I Sarah is a Wexner Graduate Alumni Fellow and has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis's commencement speech "Go on and live!"

The Eloquent Woman

Not so Viola Davis, who makes every speech a thrilling performance--mainly because it's clear she isn't acting. In this speech, following presentation of an honorary degree, Rhode Island native Davis admitted she might not have been so down to earth 10 years earlier: "I would’ve made a lot of stuff up and been very self-congratulatory, and self-righteous about what a wonderfully dramatic speech I gave,” she said. What do you think of this commencement speech?

Graduation Quotes

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Commencement speakers, said Father Flynn, should think of themselves as the body at an old-fashioned Irish wake. They need you in order to have the party, but nobody expects you to say very much.&# (NY Governor Mario Cuomo, giving the commencement address at Iona College). Tags: commencement speeches “You have but to hold forth in cap and gown, and any gibberish becomes learning, all nonsense passes for sense.&# (Moliere). “Training is everything.

Watch lights fade in every room: Cautions about commencement speeches

The Eloquent Woman

I've never given a commencement speech, but as a college senior, I judged the entries from fellow students who wanted to speak, along with a committee of faculty. One entrant wanted to give a real downer of a speech, a doom-and-gloom scenario about all the traps waiting for us in the future. Commencement speeches are fraught with all sorts of perils like this one. This one's geared to graduates, rather than those called on to inspire them.

Commencement Speeches: The Bad, the Horrendous, and the Inspired

OnSpeechwriting

Commencement season has largely come and gone at universities and colleges around the nation. And, once again, we’re left with the remains of speeches that ran the gamut from wonderful (thank you, Tom Brokaw.) So, here’s a quick, non-scientific roundup of 2009 commencement speeches. No Obama speech here – I’ve left that to others.) If this year’s lot is typical, it’s no wonder why so few people remember their commencement speakers.

Two must-see college graduation speeches

Presentation Zen

It's graduation time in many parts of the world , and that means long ceremonies and a lot of speeches. The graduation speech is a tough gig; most speeches are soon forgotten, assuming they made any impact at all. The 2005 graduation speech by Steve Jobs garnered a lot of attention at the time, and is still talked about today, having been downloaded millions of times. If you have never seen Jobs's Stanford speech, check it out below.

How to give a commencement speech and include the audience

The Eloquent Woman

Founder of the Webby Awards, filmmaker and Aspen Institute fellow Tiffany Shlain -- one of Newsweek's “Women Shaping the 21st Century -- explains on Huffington Post how she prepared for and delivered the commencement speech at the University of California at Berkeley this year. We had five camera crews at the event filming graduates before and after the ceremony. Bursting with anticipation and hope and optimism about making the world a better place, these graduates delivered.

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

On 12 June 2011, Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth College. Clearly, he put a lot of effort into the speech, and was rewarded with a 30-second standing ovation when it was over. He should be able to deliver a dynamic and memorable speech. There is a lot that we can learn from this speech. His opening comments about the cold and how he needed gloves was not in the text of his speech.

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

On 12 June 2011, Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth College. But then the direction of the speech changed, and he spoke openly and poignantly about his recent setback with The Tonight Show. Clearly, he put a lot of effort into the speech, and was rewarded with a 30-second standing ovation when it was over. He should be able to deliver a dynamic and memorable speech.

Quintessential Public Speaking: The Commencement Address

DeFinis Communications

When my son was in the 8 th grade I had the privilege of preparing and coaching the graduation speakers of Kent Middle School in Kentfield, California. The speakers were terrific, and those speeches were everything a good graduation speech should be: personal, hopeful, reflective, inspiring, cautionary and funny. It’s hard to believe, but those 8 th graders from Kent Middle School are graduating from college this year.

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inspiration from steve jobs

Green Room Speakers

Monday, September 14, 2009 Inspiration from Steve Jobs Given Steve Jobs return to work last week after a 5-month medical leave following his liver transplant , theres no better time than now to go back and listen to Jobs 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. I first heard the speech three years ago, when I had just gotten into this work. And if you find yourself feeling utterly uninspired, watch Steve Jobs commencement speech, again.

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Commencement 2010: Another Great Opener

Green Room Speakers

Thursday, June 24, 2010 Commencement 2010: Another Great Opener I love the way Meryl Streep opens her speech at this years Barnard College graduation: (You have to first listen to a rather long intoduction, which is not bad either.) She gracefully moves from the elite situation of being asked to give a commencement speech to the universal "back in college" nightmares that plague here as the date of the speech draws near.

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Did Admiral McRaven REALLY Speak & Deliver?

Speak and Deliver

McRaven, BJ ''77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations CommandThe commencement speech by Naval Adm. McRaven, BJ ''77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, has been making both the internet and TV news blurbs today, with the video of his commencement speech at the University of Texas. Now I''ve seen and heard it - and I''m both impressed by the content and depressed that this speech is all it takes to get the world all a-Twitter about a speaker.

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Robert Iger's 10 Principles of True Leadership (and the most important one for coronavirus-times)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his commencement speech at the Rhode Island School of Design - "Make Trouble" - Walters told graduates to approach their careers like hitchhiking. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger has overseen plenty. That ranges from stagnation to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.    In his best-seller  "The Ride of a Lifetime," he hammers his 10 principles of true leadership.

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The Secret Sauce of Successful Commencement Speakers

Duarte Blog

Every time you open a page of news headlines, a social media feed, or a message from a family member or colleague, you stumble across yet another inspirational commencement speech. This year, more than a few political leaders, entertainers, and thought leaders made the rounds on the commencement circuit. Whether setting the tone for an entire speech or sprinkled in at key moments, humor plays a huge role in most successful commencement speeches.

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The Secret Sauce of Successful Commencement Speakers

Duarte Blog

Every time you open a page of news headlines, a social media feed, or a message from a family member or colleague, you stumble across yet another inspirational commencement speech. This year, more than a few political leaders, entertainers, and thought leaders made the rounds on the commencement circuit. Whether setting the tone for an entire speech or sprinkled in at key moments, humor plays a huge role in most successful commencement speeches.

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Goldilocks - Patron Saint for Class of 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2015, film-maker John Walters told the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design that they had to think and behave out of the box. " Later that commencement speech was published in a book by that title. Incidentally, Waters instructed the graduates to ignore rejection. Of course, the persona of the soon-to-be graduate is High Cool. Goldilocks didn't care what others thought - even if the "they" were supposedly powerful (.e.g.

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GE's Jeff Immelt as Public Speaker - Conversational, confident but not ego-centric, brittle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fortune covered the commencement speech Jeff Immelt made to the graduates of the NYU Stern School of Business.   Here you can read that speech. The meme was the need to be local within the global footprint. The era of pure globalization has come to an end. To continue to succeed in business, corporations like GE will have to help their partners around the world solve their local problems.  The title is "The World I See."

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Famous Speech Friday: Maria Shriver on "The Power of the Pause"

The Eloquent Woman

Journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver used her commencement speech at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School, all communications graduates, to pose and re-pose the familiar question that newly minted degree holders get--and to clue them in that they'll be hearing that all their lives after graduation. But Shriver urged the graduates not to feel pushed to rush toward things. What do you think of this speech?

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Learn To Make Trouble Effectively & Become "Rich" (at least as John Waters defines it)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like Steve Jobs at Stanford , filmmaker John Waters delivered an iconic commencement speech at the Rhode Island School of Design. " Embracing rejection as almost irrelevant is a must not only for new graduates struggling for a place in the creative world. Toward the end of his commencement speech, Waters asks the graduates to "Make Me Nervous." 

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