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  1. 1. SPEECH (COMMENCEMENT) (ORIENTATION) (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT) (CEREMONIAL) SUBMITTED BY: IPE-01-301P Alice Joy Acorda Peter Luke Cabusao Jhenz Capispisan Pritz Gianni M. Dalida Hyra H. Henson SUBMITTED TO: Prof. Josephine Battung
  3. 3. Graduation Speeches Opening Remarks 1. Good morning everybody! We have assembled here this morning for an august occasion; to witness and participate in a grand celebration of a few bright, strong, vigorous, and promising men and women who finished a course, a race, and a learning episode. To some of us, this is a magnificent spectacle; to a few, it is intensely personal; because the laborer who brings home his wages knows the value of what he got by his sweat; and the laborers here are many, the labors have been many, especially on the part of the learners, but also greatly on the part of the teachers, administrators, sponsors, and numerous others who gave this momentum its particular shape. So, isn’t this a significant academic juncture; especially when we see that this package of the conference has unfolded under its cover of prayers and passion with the deeply embedded motif of Encountering God? We’re having mind-opening revelations, heart-strengthening visitations, and spirit-enriching manifestations. From the early unveiling of our eyes to the morning through the time we invite our faculties to sleep in the night, we move and live and have our being in God. We are at a solemn and spiritual point; it’s the 45th Graduation Ceremony of Central India Theological Seminary; and I take this pleasure and privilege to welcome you all to witness the marvels of what God can do and has done with humble things within the Body of Christ. It is not just an academic celebration; it is a spiritual jubilation over the fact that another initial and preparatory training episode is over and that the Lord of the Harvest doesn’t fail to successfully recruit laborers for His harvest. Honorable Faculty, distinguished leaders, guests, students, and all friends, it gives me great pleasure to have you all at this commencement exercise this morning. May the Lord’s cup of blessing retain its overflowing flow over us this morning! God bless us all!
  4. 4. 2. Good evening everyone. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Parents, Families and friends of the graduates, the Board of Education, Administration, Teachers and Support staff of the Mahtomedi Area Public Schools, and finally to the graduates themselves. Congratulations! Just think, it was only 13 short years ago that you walked into that Kindergarten classroom. And now here you are today, ... Graduates of the class of 2009. From this point onward, I believe, your life will change in one very important way. Up to this point you have had a lot of people making decisions for you. Now, it's up to you. I understand that you have already made many decisions about your life. I also understand that there are still a lot of hoops that you have to jump through to reach your goals, and that those hoops do not necessarily represent options to you. However, compared with your life up to this point, you will be making more decisions. How you will determine what those decisions are, and how you will make them will matter. Poet Mary Oliver writes, "Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" That is quite a question. One I would suggest is worth remembering every minute of every day. How is this moment best spent and this moment and so on as the moments lead to days, and then to years, and together they make up your life. But how to choose. T.S. Eliot provides one possible answer to this question: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out just how far one can go." "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out just how far one can go." Now, I would like to go on record here that I am not advocating what I might call life threatening risks or not-very-smart risks. I am talking about risks that encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and help you grow an individual or as a contributor to society. For example: Even though you may be headed into the field of engineering, don't forget that you always wanted to write that book. Or, even though you going to school to be a graphic artist, don't forget your fascination with mysteries of quantum physics.
  5. 5. Yes, you plan to be an auto mechanic, a pilot, a doctor. But what about your dream to to be in that play. Even within the boundaries of your job, keep in mind that every moment is an opportunity to open doors that appear to be sealed shut. Take a chance that what is on the other side is where you need to go. It is very likely that you will change your job several times and that your life will take unexpected turns: Remember, Every moment counts, Keep the doors open, Go too far. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Thank you and congratulations Closing Remarks 1. Ladies and Gentlemen, May blessing from our almighty God be bestowed upon all of you. Good morning I want to congratulate you, and all of us for an hour of fruitful work it is really a privilege for me to end this activity and it gives me a great pleasure to deliver the closing remarks of our very first speech festival i was delighted to deliver this remarks coz u know what i am really optimistic when it comes to this The credit goes to all of you. It is very important to me that this is not about me. It is about us. It is about how we show our ability during our speech fest. That is really very, very important. I hope you realize that the more you step up to the plate and lead, the more you make sure that it doesn’t have to come from somewhere else. And now me i take the freedom of this moment to the performer that you all look good but i do believe and i know that we believe that if we do our very best we will all look great. What i would propose and hope that maybe we could get some energy around is how you create a good performer but then you did it well and it was good. Hope you’ve enjoyed this speech festival i hope it’s the beginning of continuing this activity and I hope that it captures your passion as it does mine.
  6. 6. Finally allow me to close this speech festival thank you and God bless you all. 2. Good Evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. Before we close this evening’s ceremonies, I’d like to take this last opportunity to say, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Edison College, congratulations to both the graduates and the family and friends who have helped us arrive at this moment. And I would also like to invite everyone present to take one last good look around. I invite you to breathe in this marvelous scene. Each one of us here has followed a unique path to this moment. So exactly what tonight means to each of us will be just a little bit different, and that’s how it should be. We are individuals, of course. But I’d like to draw attention to something else about this moment which arises specifically from the collective nature of our gathering. Perhaps you’ve felt it at times this evening already. There is a great value created by our coming together like this. This is really no secret. We human beings have done this kind of thing for a long time, thousands of years at least. It’s something we do because it serves an important purpose. We come together, in big groups like this one, to engage in a ritual or a ceremony. And the purpose is to make something difficult to define into something tangible…so we can get a grip on something that is otherwise hard to hold on to. Recognition Speech 1. We are gathered here today to recognize those who have excelled academically in the past school year. I am honored to have been asked to take part in this very special event. We no doubt have three groups in attendance here today - those who excelled and will receive awards, those who worked hard and came up short of an award and. sadly. those who did not try at all. While we are pleased to take part in recognizing academic achievements, we encourage everyone to find where your interests and abilities are and to pursue them. With that, on to the presentation of awards.
  8. 8. Orientation Speech 1. Good morning students and families. To all of the students here, congratulations, you have completed your first college assignment. You made it to the Orientation on time, possibly with the help of your parents, and that is an accomplishment already. I know that even though all of you are physically present in this room right now, you are all not feeling the same way. Some of you are so anxious for these speeches to be over, so you can get up out of your seats and start exploring different parts of the campus. Some of you are really excited to be here and to begin what is going to be the best four years of your life. Some of you are probably wishing you were back home right now hanging out with all of your friends because you’re graduating seniors, and well, you’re kind of a big deal. But all of you are here and even though it may not seem like it right now, you all have something to look forward to, trust me. 2. Greetings to my faculty and staff colleagues, returning students, and guests, and a very warm welcome to the Colorado College Class of 2015 and their families! First, to the parents and other family members that have accompanied our new students to campus – thank you. Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your sons and daughters and thank you for the investment that you are making in their futures. We are delighted that you could be here and hope that you enjoy your visit to this beautiful campus and place. I look forward to talking with you later today at the parents’ reception. I trust that you understand if I will focus my remarks on our new students as if my only chance to address the entire first year class. As you might know, I am also new to Colorado College. I arrived as the 13th President (13 is now my lucky number) in July – just a few months ago. Like you, I came to Colorado College because of its commitment to the liberal arts, its excellent faculty and staff, its amazing student body, its innovative block plan, and its truly inspiring location. Also, like you, I traveled quite a journey to get here. Many years ago, back in 19XX, I was a first-year student at a small liberal arts college just like you. I moved into my dorm room, unpacked my bags, participated in all of the orientation activities, and listened to a welcoming speech. And like some of you, I worried that I didn’t belong and felt dreadfully homesick. I was a farm girl from rural Iowa. The small town that was my home was made up of about 500 people and I swear that over 100 of those folks were Tiefenthalers. My maternal grandparents lived across the road and my paternal grandparents about a mile away. I was surrounded by
  9. 9. extended family and lots of love. I was part of a very tight community and leaving it was very hard. 3. Topic: Fashion Audience: New design school students Motivation: Get students to see beyond fabric and needles and view this as a meaningful art Setting: First-year orientation, 50 students Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Sophilo School of Design. Jean Cocteau once said, ―Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.‖ But the things style is expressing and the ways in which they are expressed are constantly changing. Just look at the fashion of the last century: =In the early 20th century, women relished in the liberation provided by Coco Chanel’s relaxed designs, which allowed for movement that had previously been restricted by corsets and over-thetop embellishments. In the 1930s,Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn scandalized polite society by wearing trousers in public, which gave women even more freedom in the realm of fashion. The 1940s brought war to Europe and wartime cutbacks to the fashion world. Thanks to cloth rationing, men were suddenly rid of traditional three-piece suits, and fashion became a lot more casual. In the 1970s, new laws required that women be treated the same as men in the professional and educational realm, making dresses and skirts a nonessential item for many. Even if you just grab what’s comfortable and throw it on before you run out the door, the clothing you wear was designed for you based on the culture you live in, and your style choices tell the world what kind of person you are. When you create, you give the people wearing your clothing the power of expression. Whether it’s on the sale rack at Target or in the Chanel vault, someone will find a way to make that piece their own, and it will make them feel like a million bucks. This is what we hope you accomplish here at Sophilo. We want you all to learn and grow as designers, but we also want you to grasp the effect that your designs can have on the world at large. You’re inspiring people to express themselves using your clothing. You’re going to be creating a woman’s very favorite pair of jeans or the tailored shirt that makes a man feel great about himself. When you’re designing, make sure you’re creating things you love—because if you love them, there will be others who love them even more.
  11. 11. 1. Professionalism in Sports Motion: Professionalism detracts from sportsmanship Side: Negative Opening speech of the captain Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, Having been enlightened by the affirmative side on the definition of the motion, I’d like to redefine it in a broader, more up-to-date way. ―Professionalism‖ refers to the practice of paying players who participate in certain sports. More and more sports are becoming professional. Why? Because paid players have the time to pursue excellence, in fitness and ability to reach high levels of skill. I’d like to remind our opponents that professionalism also includes setting up professional bodies and employing people who have expertise of the profession, people like professional trainers. The word ―sportsmanship‖ involves both attitude and behavior. Dear opponents, I’ll shake hands with you, whether my team wins or loses. That shows sportsmanship, right? But genuine sportsmanship goes beyond gestures of courtesy. It refers to fairness, honesty and politeness in a competition. Respect for the rules and for other players is important. If we win this debate and gloat over our victory, we show poor sportsmanship. If we lose and curse our opponents and adjudicators, we also show poor sportsmanship. If we think we are likely to lose and give up trying, that’s poor sportsmanship too. Or if we resort to dirty tricks like spying over our opponents, needless to say, poor sportsmanship again. In defining sportsmanship, our opponent has missed one very important point. Jill Oser says, ―sportsmanship is about competing and training and getting to your peak ability.‖ Please note the phrase ―getting to your peak ability‖. This is precisely what professionalism helps players achieve. Sportsmanship is seen and admired in professional games despite some aberrations. Don’t you admire the skill and sportsmanship of Pele? Not many admire John McEnroe and enroll in His School of Sportsmanship, do they?
  12. 12. Professionalism strengthens rather than detracts from sportsmanship. Professional players win the game with their expertise; they need not fall back on dirty play. Also, foul play endangers their livelihood, so participants are less likely to do it and ruin their careers. Professional bodies help lay down rules and ensure that players abide by these rules. Professional trainers help sportsmen strengthen their expertise, thus enabling them to perform to the best of their ability. Even if the affirmative side thinks that sportsmanship is not always practiced, we can tell you that there are many factors contributing to these failures, factors like nationalism, ideology and pursuit of personal glory. Professionalism is definitely NOT one of these factors. Now let’s look at the verb phrase ―detract from‖. It means diminish, make less impressive. Professionalism means that sport is no longer the privilege of an elite minority who do not need to earn an income. This used to be the unfair, unsporting situation. Professionalism enables many people to compete at a higher level in sports because they are openly and honestly paid. They do not need a private income to have the time to practice and reach a higher level. Nor do they have to resort to involvement in dishonest, unsportsmanlike sham amateurism. The ideals of professionalism are also found in other walks of life where they also enhance sportsmanship or fair play. Professionalism does not diminish sportsmanship. It is simple logic that great skill and high standards enhance fair play, honesty and excellence. First speaker’s speech Good afternoon, Who is more admirable, Michael Jordan or God? A survey conducted on 500 American kindergarten children shows their preference. Michael Jordan first, God second, if lucky. What makes them admire this professional football player? His phenomenal performance in game 5 of last year’s NBA Finals when he displayed the loftiest heights of sportsmanship. Despite suffering from diarrhea and flu, he played and played to support his teammates and thrilled the paying audience. At the end of the game he could barely stand.
  13. 13. Michael Jordan also said, ―I am no longer so concerned about money although it is important. As a professional player, I am an integral part of the game. I cannot abandon my love for the sport.‖ It is crystal clear that his professionalism has by no means detracted his sportsmanship. On the contrary, he has enhanced it. Professionalism, besides enhancing sportsmanship in an individual player, also promotes the virtues in the viewers. What makes Tiger Woods an international icon? Yes, excellence, youth and ethnicity, but hard as it may be to imagine, he is much more. In an age of commercially hyped, trash-talking, in-your-face sports star, he is someone who combines great athleticism with decency, politeness, respect, in short, sportsmanship. Wood’s pride does not extend to the braggart denigration of the competition and the naked promotion of self. He is a paragon, a gentleman athlete that has touched many people’s hearts with his graciousness. By the way, he is a professional. Sporting behavior and professionalism does not lie only in decent attitude towards a game. So you wish to conquer the French Open my friend? And I too, what a fine thing that would be! But first mark the conditions and the consequences of being professional, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline, to eat by rule, to exercise at the appointed hour, like it or not, in cold and heat. Then in the conflict itself you are likely to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, or to be severely thrashed, and above all these things, to be defeated. To meet the basic requirements of being a professional, to willingly put yourself under this drudgery, believe me, this is sportsmanship all right. Admittedly, there are bad boys and girls on the battlefield. Andre Agassi and Deion Sanders have mastered this very lucrative chest-beating glory seeking. Dennis Rodman has taken it to his conclusion with his groin-kicking, body-piercing anarchism. The bad boys, however, did not transform into monsters once they turned professional. According to John McEnroe’s coach, he was notorious as an amateur at playing tennis instituted with his favorite (clasp)… oh, I’d better not say it here. But apparently, his professionalism didn’t aggravate his behavior, he was already as bad as can be. Bad boys saw bad manners and quick tempers as the ticket to celebrity. This is beyond professionalism.
  14. 14. Second speaker’s speech Good afternoon, Quite on the contrary, professionalism can in fact enhance and promote sportsmanship. For example, in sports, rules and penalties are much stricter in professional competitions when compared to amateur ones to encourage fair play. May I ask if a higher level of fair play detracts from sportsmanship. Surely it enhances sportsmanship. A professional body also strictly monitors the participants, and disciplinary actions are taken on professionals who fail to reach the standards of professionalism. Let’s look at the example of Doctor Bristol’s example of responsibility towards a professional body. Again may I ask whether maintaining the qualities and honorable conduct of a professional is detracting from or enhancing sportsmanship? Some people have earned the title of professional, through the standards, attitudes and qualities that they have in their respective fields. In other words, the status, and respect that professionals gain reflects trustworthiness, honesty, dependability, and the capability to fulfill the responsibilities and demands of some professions, which is: sportsmanship. So you see, being a professional is all about having sportsmanship. How on earth, then, can professionalism detract from sportsmanship if being sporting is what you need to be qualified as a professional! It is undeniable that personal glory is often present in a professional athlete, but does this necessarily mean that it must take one to such an extreme point that he chooses to violate the rules of his sport? On the contrary, one would aim at a higher standard of sportsmanship in order to achieve more popularity, approval, status and even money. What personal glory has Dennis Rochman gained for his unimpressive display of sportsmanship: a notorious reputation and a drop in salary is all he’s gained! Again, look at the personal glory Tiger Woods has gained for his genuinely higher standard of sportsmanship. The pressure, attention and expectations that professionals are under means that their livelihood depends on how sporting they are. They can’t afford dirty play that’s going to affect their livelihood. The fact is that dirty play does not build up as you cross the line between amateurism and professionalism.
  15. 15. Summing up speech of the captain Five minutes is not sufficient time to clarify the misconceptions of the affirmative side, but I’ll try to do it with professionalism and sportsmanship. First of all, the key word ―professionalism‖. Our opponents have confined the interpretation of the word to the practice of paying players who participate in certain sports. But we can’t deny that professional bodies, professional trainers and professional knowledge are also a form of professionalism, and indeed, this form of professionalism strengthens fairness and excellence. This point has been thoroughly elaborated and reinforced by my team members. Second, the other key word ―sportsmanship‖. Our opponents have two problems here. One problem is their failure to understand that getting to one’s peak ability is a form of sportsmanship. Our team has illustrated this point laboriously throughout this debate. The other problem is their failure to see that sportsmanship is well and alive in professional sports. Just to quote two recent examples. In the 1998 Semi-finals for the French open, even though the chair-en-pire said the ball was out, Carlos Moya insisted that it was in. All he wanted was a fair game. In the Finals, Alex Correja was defeated by Moya. Instead of flinging his racket in anger and disappointment, he leapt over the net to his opponent and congratulated him, saying, ―I’m so glad you won even though it meant I had to lose.‖ Isn’t that sportsmanship demonstrated by professional players? Third, the opposing team has quoted evidence of professional sportsmen cheating in order to win. Let mw remind you that cheating and foul play are not the monopoly of professional players. Many amateurs are found guilty of dirty play. We should not be so biased as to say that honesty and fairness are alien qualities to professional players. To sum up, professionalism enhances rather than diminishes sportsmanship. Professional sportsmen, with the pay they receive, can afford the time to concentrate on sports as a career, and thus they can perform to the best of their ability. They are less likely to break the rules because of heavy penalties and repercussions on their careers. They are more likely to behave sportingly to live up to the title of professional, and they would also aim at a higher standard of sportsmanship in order to gain more popularity, approval, status and money. Professional bodies lay down rules to promote sportsmanship, and ensure that fairness is done to all sportsmen. Professional trainers help sportsmen strive towards even higher standards in sports, even breaking records. We have also given evidence that professional sportsmen do practice sportsmanship, and if sportsmanship is declining, it is due to other factors. Professionalism is certainly NOT a factor.
  16. 16. Dear opponents, open your eyes and look around – Aren’t the trainers of our teams professional teachers? Aren’t the adjudicators professionals in the field of English language training? We have no doubt about our professional teachers helping us to perform to the best of our ability. We have no doubt about our adjudicators ensuring fairness in this debate. Their standards are those of professionals. We also have no doubt about us debaters behaving with generosity and courtesy, whether we win or not. Here is an example of professionalism enhancing sportsmanship, brought to you live. 2. Public Transportation: Making the Right Investments Thank you for that introduction. I appreciate the opportunity to visit with you today. I am here on behalf of [name of coalition], a group of local businesses and community organizations that believe public transportation is vital to the future of [community]. But in a larger sense, our mission isn’t about public transportation. It’s about people. It’s about jobs. It’s about the quality of our lives, and the quality of our environment. Because public transportation is about all these things -- and more. In a time of tough fiscal choices, it is a wise investment in the future. During a shaky economy, it’s a pathway to prosperity. Amid rising concern about global warming, it’s a source of cleaner air. And above all, public transportation is an investment in a better quality of life: less aggravating hours stuck in traffic, more places for families to be together, and more time to do it. With all those benefits, it’s no surprise that demand for public transportation is on the rise. In 1999, Americans rode 21.2 billion miles on buses -- enough to circle the earth nearly 850,000 times. They could have traveled the globe more than 350,000 times on commuter rail -- it accounted for 8.8 billion miles. And Americans traveled 445 million miles in vanpools -- the equivalent of more than 17,000 trips around the world. Here in [community], [insert local statistics]. That’s the good news. But here’s the challenge: Rising usage means growing costs for public transportation systems, including ours. And if we’re going to make the most of the opportunities public transit has to offer, we need more -- much more -- public investment. I chose that word "investment" carefully, because public transportation truly is an investment in the literal sense -- something that costs money up front but yields a profit down the road. And public transportation does. Nationwide, we spend around $15.4 billion on public transportation a year, and we get more than $60 billion back in economic benefits. Every dollar we invest in running public transportation systems boosts business sales by another three. A $10 million investment in building public transportation systems creates more than 300 jobs, and the same amount spent on running them creates nearly 600 more.
  17. 17. Those are a couple of reasons why public transportation is a critical building block for economic development. It helps the right people to get to the right jobs, without wasting otherwise productive hours in the process. It helps get customers in the door as well. And if you think public transportation makes money for businesses, just take a look at what it can do for your own pocketbook. It costs between $4,800 and $10,000 a year to own a car, depending on what you drive and how far you drive it. It costs $200 to $2,000 to take public transportation. Think about that the next time you see the fellow at the gas station climbing the ladder to change the gas prices on the sign again. Those are serious savings -- for government, for business and for individuals. But the most impressive savings public transportation yields are the ones you can’t measure in dollars and cents. They’re the ones you can count up in minutes, hours -- even days -- wasted on the roads. The automobile used to be the great symbol of American freedom. But for a typical commuter, it symbolizes something very different today: being trapped in traffic. According to a recent study, drivers in a third of cities spent more than 40 hours a year in traffic that was stopped dead. Think about that. Not moving slow, not even stop and go. Just sitting still. Forty hours. That’s a work week. It’s a weekend with your kids. And make no mistake: You may not be moving when traffic stops, but your car is working harder than ever. As a result, it’s pumping pollutants into the atmosphere. Every year, public transportation prevents the emission of more than 126 million pounds of hydrocarbons, which cause smog, and 156 million pounds of nitrogen oxides, which can cause respiratory illness. [Insert local statistics, anecdotes if available.] Public transportation also helps the environment by conserving energy. It reduces gasoline consumption by 1.5 billion gallons a year. Taken together, those benefits add up to a better quality of life for our community. Rather than random, explosive growth, public transportation can serve as an anchor for thoughtful, manageable and -- ultimately -- more livable communities. Public transportation helps to preserve open space, enhancing our community’s appearance while conserving recreational places where families spend time together. It means less noise and fewer cars zooming -- or, for that matter, crawling -- through pedestrian neighborhoods. And call me old-fashioned, but I think public transportation makes for a way of life that is just plain better suited to [community]’s values. People who take public transportation walk to the bus stop together, rather than retreating to the isolation of their homes. They get to know each other face-to-face on the train, instead of holing themselves up in the solitude of their cars. And I can’t help but think those encounters might contribute -- in some small way -- to a sense of community that’s been eroding for a long time. Public transportation is about more than these opportunities. It helps people overcome obstacles as well. Many people with disabilities couldn’t get around without public transit. The nation’s
  18. 18. welfare-to-work initiative couldn’t have gotten off the ground either -- an astonishing 94 percent of welfare recipients don’t own cars. They depend on public transportation to get to work. Here in [community], more investment in public transportation can mean more jobs for our people, more sales for our business and a better quality of life for everybody. Not bad for a program that pays for itself. Still, the benefits of public transportation may be clear to you and me, but that doesn’t mean our public officials agree. They’re besieged with requests for funds every day. And if we want to stake a claim for our quality of life, we have to speak out compellingly, and we have to speak out together. Here’s what we need in [community]. [Insert details of local needs as appropriate.] If you agree with [name of coalition] that more public investment in public transportation will improve our quality of life, I hope you’ll take a few specific actions. First, if you’re a business owner, organization leader or just an individual who cares about our community, join [name of coalition]. [Insert info on how to join.] Second, write letters to [insert names of public officials] and ask them for more funding for public transportation in [community]. [Insert other action items as appropriate.] I hope [community] can count on your support. Our public transportation system needs you. But this is about more than transit. It’s about traffic. It’s about more than public transportation. It’s about people -- jobs -- the economy -- the environment -- and more. Ultimately, it’s a question of where [community] is headed. We can choose to remain stalled in traffic -- in more sense than one. Or we can hop on public transit. It’s the quickest route to work and play. It’s also the fastest ticket to [community]’s future.
  19. 19. 3. Business Anniversary Speech Speaking: A founder and board member of a video game developing and publishing company Mayor Lawson, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen: Exactly ten years ago, on a stormy January morning, I signed the papers that made it official: I had founded a company. A company that, in many ways, was just an extension of my childhood passion for gaming. Many people predicted I would not last a year in this world, that I was too idealistic to cope with everyday business life, and that I would get things in a "virtual" mess in no time. Fortunately, these people were wrong. But it was not me who proved them wrong; not me alone, anyway. Almost everyone in the audience today – with the exception of Mayor Lawson, obviously – came to work with this company at some point over the last ten years, and has stayed faithfully by my side ever since. Together, we have made VideoDoe a success. Together, we have made sure that we can gather here today and celebrate our first milestone anniversary. Ten years is both a long time and a very short time. Compared to a giant such as Microsoft, our company is still adolescent. On the other hand, ten years in a sector that is constantly and rapidly advancing is an achievement we can be proud of. It means we have managed to establish ourselves in this sector. We've claimed our rightful place here. Ten years ago, I was a young man with a dream that was simple enough: I wanted to create video games. So I employed a creative team and a software engineering team, set up a financial department, and expected everyone to eliminate the impossible from my ideas and turn them into something that would not only be new and exciting and magical, but that would also sell. Miraculously, it worked out...
  21. 21. Inspirational Speeches 1. Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I’m not going home. We’ve come too far! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You’re going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that’s fine, we’ll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That’s how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you’ve got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You’re like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death… that’s the Chicago Way! Who’s with me? Clap! Clap! Don’t let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let’s fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Independence Day! 2. If I'm going to blow up the rules for Famous Speech Friday, it will be for this speech. I saw it broadcast live 45 years ago, and it stands among the best impromptu speeches I know. Normally, this series brings you famous speeches by women, but I find myself unable to let this one pass unnoted this week: Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the speaker's own assassination, an indelible memory for me. If there's a speech that exemplifies the great insight I heard from speaker coach Peter Botting at the International Speechwriting Conference in London--the idea that "big ideas don't need big words"--it's this one. Anyone might follow this speech, which deals with the minutiae of the moment and hints at a larger vision of what this means for America. It quotes Aeschylus but stays close to the emotions of the crowd. It's a quiet speech, not at all anxious, but appropriate in its sadness, regret and respect for the events of the day.
  22. 22. Messages Birthday Message Another year older, another year wiser. Well, at least you are growing up to be what you were meant to be – the hottest girl around. Happy birthday, gorgeous. Condolence May you get the strength to handle the situation in the best way possible. Your dad was a great human and I am sure that was the most wonderful dad in this world. However, at this time it is important that you help you family come over with the situation, so that you can make him proud. Christmas Party It's an old shepherd's legend that on Christmas Eve, at midnight, all the animals fall on their knees and speak - praising the newborn Jesus. Many see other things. What's important to recognize is that Christmas reveals itself to each of us in a personal private way - be it secular, or sacred. Whatever Christmas is - and it's many things to many people - we all own a piece of it. Just like Father Christmas' bag, inside there are gifts for everyone. May your holiday be filled with warmth and joy and may you recognize the greatest happiness in the eyes of those whom you love! Happy Christmas!