The 10 Most Inspiring Speeches

Author: Ian

Date: December 13, 2015

Reading tips about public speaking advice isn’t always enough. You have to practice and learn from past speakers.

We’ve taken the liberty of finding the top 10 best inspirational speeches. So sit back, but don’t relax, and observe the techniques these speakers used to enliven their audience.

1. Steve Jobs

Steve talks about the fortunates and misfortunes he’s had in his life, particularly during his college years. It’s inspiring to hear from a successful entrepreneur who has experienced many pivots in his life.

Not only does Steve address a biography of himself, but his speech is extremely personal, emotional and specific.

2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates, classed as one of the “most successful” college dropouts, uses his personal experiences to motivate students at Harvard. This speech is so engaging because he’s been in the same situation as the listeners and everyone can relate to what he’s talking about.

Mixed with seriousness and humour, he starts his speech light and then finishes with an important message for everyone to remember the speech by.

3. Steven Spielberg

His natural and laid back approach is extremely intriguing to watch. In particular, his storytelling makes you want to keep listening to him and you can’t wait to hear the ending.

Not all speakers can achieve storytelling, because they don’t know if they’re being too detailed or not detailed enough. Take a listen to the setting and atmosphere he creates in his story.

4. The Wolf of Wall Street

Although this is a character in a film speaking, the 3-minute long speech is full of passion and motivation. Minus the curse words, it’s so refreshing to witness a speaker really care about what they’re talking about.

His audience laugh, cheer and howl at what he says. After all, it’s what the audience think of you that matters most. We all need motivation to work harder and push ourselves, and this speech is the perfect example of that.

5. George Lucas

As the director of Star Wars, George Lucas has plenty that people will want to hear. Not every speaker dares to open up about personal experiences – in particular, their failures.

Watch how George reveals his deep thoughts and touches on a moment when he almost nearly died. His backstory and build up for why he does what he does today is truly fascinating.

6. Barack Obama

The President of The United States of America talks about his early years and lets us in on why he got into politics. It’s so fascinating to find out what has inspired him in his life, so that we, the audience, can take something away with us.

His use of pauses and different tones keep the audience engaged. Regularly scoping around the audience, he makes it clear that he’s involving every listener.

7. Jeff Bezos

The founder of Amazon talks about failures and regrets. So many people in life don’t do what makes them happy because they’re frightened that they’ll fail.

Jeff’s speech focuses on how much his life changed when he stopped living in regret, and he gave everything he wanted to do a try.

8. Larry Page

Larry Page, Google CEO & Co-Founder, talks about the difficulties and fears of starting out Google. His speech is extremely inspiring because not only does he say “don’t fear failure”, but he gives strategic advice on how to become a better leader and start your own business.

He encourages the audience to take more risks and admits the mistakes in his professional career and how he overcame them.

9. Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO founder Mark Zuckerberg presents a time-relevant speech and his use of facts and figures put his points into prospective.

It’s evident that Mark has researched his speech which shows that he cares, this is highly intriguing to the audience. Listeners want to listen to someone who is extremely professional and he introduces new ideas to welcome the audience into his life.

10. Daniel Levitin

Daniel takes to TED Talks to provide his audience with advice on how to stay calm when they feel the weight of the world on top of them.

His use of storytelling makes the audience feel like they were there with him when the events happened. But more specifically, he introduces characters and brings the people to life.

Everybody knows that stress is bad for the body, but they don’t actually know how, and Daniel’s anatomy of the brain makes you think about changing your behaviour towards stress.

There are thousands of videos that you can access to keep you motivated, and each speech above is individual and offers something different from the next. Find aspects of each speech that you enjoyed listening to and use these techniques in your next speech.