Speech is an essential element of language, one that we all employ in our daily lives. What about a speech? A speech is a formal address, delivered to an audience, that seeks to convince, persuade, inspire or inform. From historic moments to the present day, the history has given us some extraordinary examples of the spoken word. A powerful tool in the right – or wrong – hands, spoken words can, and has, changed the world.
Great oratory has three components: style, substance, and impact: Style: A great speech must be masterfully constructed. The best orators are masters of both the written and spoken word, and use words to create texts that are beautiful to both hear and read. Substance: A speech may be flowery and charismatically presented, and yet lack any true substance at all. Great oratory must center on a worthy theme; it must appeal to and inspire the audience’s finest values and ideals. Impact: Great oratory always seeks to persuade the audience of some fact or idea. The very best speeches change hearts and minds and seem as revelatory several decades or centuries removed as when they were first given.If you Google history’s most powerful speeches, you’ll see a lot of glaringly testosterone-heavy lists. In certain respects, this makes sense. After all, for most of modern history, women have been encouraged to be seen and not heard. But when they did start to speak up, it became clear that women’s words can shake the world. Here at Café dito you will find poignant times when they have.
These famous speeches lifted hearts in dark times, gave hope in despair, refined the characters of men & woman, inspired brave feats, gave courage to the weary, honored the dead, and changed the course of history.