How to Craft Inspiring Speeches

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When you speak, you need to keep it interesting! Reading from a piece of paper in a monotone voice will bore everyone. Luckily, to help keep it interesting, you have a lot of levers you can pull. You can use variation in pitch, tone, the speed at which you talk, you can do different voices and accents. You can even use props.Today’s speaker does all of this to perfection. First, I want you to listen to the speech in its entirety. Pay special attention to Mohammed’s delivery and all the techniques he uses. Props, facial expressions, pauses, changes in his voice, accents, sounds.Then, I want you to read out the extract that is attached. When you read it out, try and use the same variation that Mohammed used. Now imagine reading this out with no variation – just mumbling the words. It becomes a completely different speech!

Oh you all think smoking kills? Let me tell you something. Do you know that the amount of people dying from diabetes are three times as many people dying from smoking? Yet if I pulled out a Snicker bar, nobody would say anything. Do you know that the leading cause of lung cancer is not actually cigarettes? It's your DNA. You could smoke for years and nothing will ever happen to you. This whole war against smoking is just to restrict the pharmacy of tobacco.
Mr contest chair, fellow toastmasters, and guests, I used these arguments... even though I just made them up... with a group of my friends. And the results? Five of them believed what I said. Two of them started smoking! Words, when said and articulated in the right way, can change someone's mind. They can alter someone's belief. You have the power to bring someone from the slums of life and make a successful person out of them, or destroy someone's happiness using only your words. Does that seem a bit too good to be true? A simple choice of words can make a difference between someone accepting or denying your message.
You can have a very beautiful thing to say but say it in the wrong words and... it's gone. I have a son who's four, and he had this bad habit of writing on the walls with crayon. And one evening I walked into his room and he's going at it, just writing and drawing and so on. And I said, “hey, hey, hey! Are you stupid? Don't you ever do that again”.
And guess what happened?
He did it again.
Nobody likes to be threatened. Nobody likes to be intimidated. His pride would not allow it. He did it again just to spite me. A week later, I walked into his room and again, he's going at it. And this time he was even looking at me. I came down, I said, “Sweetie, come here. Don't do that. You're a big boy now”. And he never did it again because his pride wants him to be the big boy.
Have you ever wondered why nobody cares about global warming? Even though it's a very serious issue. It could kill all of us. Because when you go home and you flip on the TV and you see a scientist trying to talk about global warming, it goes something like this:
“Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see from the graphs here, for 2014. It shows the water level is rising. This table shows that the monodioxic level of the third ozone layer is in an alarming position”.
The message never gets across. But most importantly, if you are a person who's a role model, if you are a person who's been admired, anything you say could be believed. Anything you utter could be taken as truth. My friend Nasser, he loved his father, idolised his father, he would do anything to make him happy. But his father was the kind of person who was not easy to impress, and year after year, Nasser tried, and his father was like..
“yeah”. First year in College, Nasser got straight A's, and he thought to himself, this is it, this what will finally make my dad proud, he picked up the phone, he called his dad, “dad, I got straight A's, Please tell me you're proud, father”
“Listen son, I have to call you back, I'm busy”.
I'm busy, Was the single sentence that broke the camel's back. And he started drinking, doing drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowd. Nasser why? Why are you throwing your life away?
“If the one person in the world that I care about the most doesn't care, then why should I”?
And one evening, I got the phone call, Nasser’s in the emergency room, Drug overdose, I rushed to the hospital, I saw him on that bed, and I saw that machine go beep, beep beeeep.
And I saw doctors try to bring him back to life. “Clear, clear, clear”!
It's clear that a single word could have saved this life. Words have power, Words are power, Words could be your power, you can change your life, inspire a nation and make this world a beautiful place. Isn't that what we all wanted? Isn't that why we are all in this hall? Your mouth can spit venom, or it can mend a broken soul, Ladies and gentlemen, Let that be our goal.