Learning from Famous Keynote Speeches


Agreeing to be a keynote conference speaker is a big commitment, one to be taken very seriously. A keynote conference speaker needs to learn from other keynote speeches before addressing their own audience. There are several famous keynote speeches in American history that we can learn from. Famous and successful keynote speeches all seem to share some common threads; they apply to a large number of people and they have a call to action.

Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women Plenary Session in Beijing, China on September 5, 1995. Her keynote speech was titled?¬†Women’s Rights are Human Rights.? With her topic and title, she reached out not just to women only, but to all of humanity. In this speech she encouraged us to look around at the impact women were making in the political, economical and other arenas. She gave some startling statistics regarding the violence and death the women around the globe are facing. No matter your political affiliation, this speech applies. This speech helped her audience identify with what she was speaking about and also caught the attention of many with the facts she provided. It was a call to action, as keynote speeches should be; whether it is a small action within oneself, or a larger, global action.

Who could forget John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961? In this speech JFK brings us all together under the common umbrella of liberty, freedom and peace. Goals of which all of humankind wants and can benefit from, no matter which state or which country you live in. JFK calls us to action towards the end of his speech, instructing us to focus on what we can do for our country, not what our country can do for us. He states that the work may never be completed during our lifetime, or the course of time, but that we must begin.

The late Steve Jobs delivered the commencement speech on June 12, 2005 at Stanford University. His speech was titled? Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish? He reviews his life for his listeners in terms of connecting the dots, love and loss, and death. All matters of life that we can relate to. He speaks of his decision to drop out of school, the ups and downs of his career with Apple, and his cancer diagnosis. He gives a call for us all to live our own lives, the way we want to, not in light of what others think or want for us. This call to action is not as large scale or global as JFK’s or Hillary Rodham Clinton’s, but it is still an important one. He also encourages us not to lose faith when the unexpected happens. Steve tells us that the dots may not connect in our lives right now, but that looking back we can connect them.

Many life lessons can and have been learned through famous keynote speeches such as these and countless others. These speeches are unique in that they tell about the time in which they were given, and what humanity is like. To be a successful visit http://celebrityspeakers.com.au/ today!



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