Inspiring speeches don’t just come to you in the middle of the night. It is a long process and will require a lot of patience, time and effort. However, the good news is that if you have been told to write and deliver a speech on you and your life, it won’t require a lot of research. Though that may be true, you still need to read about famous speeches given by people and get influenced. Examples of a few of these speeches are featured in 10 useful tips about famous speeches for a speech on you and your life article as well as our complete guide on creating your speech.
So let’s get started, here are a few topics you can base your speech on:
You can write excellent and powerful speeches around these topics and tell people an amazingly constructed story about your life. If you are still a little clueless about the speech, here is a sample speech on one of the above mentioned topics.
Today I stand here with great confidence and though some of you might assume that I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s not true. I’ve never been much of a talent and things have never come naturally to me. Ever since I was young, I’ve been struggling with problems and if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone, I would have never been where I am today. I’m not saying that you should put yourself in dangerous and complicated situations; on the contrary, this speech is to motivate you to act on the opportunities life throws at you – no matter how comfortable you are in your life.
When I was a child, talking to strangers frightened me. I used to stutter and was socially awkward. This proved to be devastating because I was unable to make friends. I loved playing football and my class-mates always played after the school was over.
Luckily, a guardian angel, disguised as a teacher, once saw me in my state of loneliness and took it upon herself to correct the problem. After hearing what I had to say, she explained that the only way to achieve what you want is to go out and grab it. Though it took a lot of courage for me to get up and ask others if I could play with them, I realize that that was the nudge I needed to do great things in life.
When I started studying, I was a bookworm and because Stanford requires good grades, my social life suffered between college years. Many people suggested that I should join a student society to bring out my confidence, I feared that my stuttering would make me lose what little self-importance I had left. As a result, even though I was flourishing academically, my presentation went poorly and it became impossible for me to participate in debates and other similar activities. However, once again, a teacher asked me to join a debate team and though I explained my dilemma, he encouraged me to be fearless and have the courage to change things. That was the time when everything suddenly changed. By the end of my college, I was part of a team that won a lot of regional debating competitions for Stanford.
When I graduated, I started working with a leading company and part of that is due to the self confidence that I had gradually built. My grades and internships did play a role but the final credit goes to my self-esteem.
I have always been socially awkward, scared-to-speak-in front-of-people kind of a person. However, I beat all of my obstacles and this is why I am in such an amazing position today, being able to speak to you about my life and challenges. So remember to never lose hope within yourself and know deep down that you have the capability to achieve great things if you simply believe in yourself and have confidence.
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