The New York Times recently reported, "Bill Clinton earned $17 million last year giving speeches, including one to a Lagos company for $700,000." "I am going into the speech business," I told my wife, Judith.
I've never heard anyone speak of receiving a life-changing tweet or a transformation-triggering text. Not gonna happen. The real problem today is that even though our leaders have pretty much nothing to say, they won't shut up.
I spoke at a writing conference in Michigan where she was the keynoter, and I can unequivocally say she gave the worst keynote I'd ever heard anywhere, despite her being Ronald Reagan's speech writer. I am not exaggerating about how awful she was.
Everyone would like to be as memorable and effective a speaker as Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. And the fact is that anyone can because there is really just one big secret to being a memorable speaker -- knowing how to use the figures of speech.
Romney's convention speech was almost like a Democrat's speech. The Democrats have the message Americans want, and the Republicans evidently think they can use that message in a week of campaigning, and everyone will forget what they have been working for.
Amidst the glorious speeches at the Republican National Convention this election year, there is one subject that has glaringly been missing this time around: the wars that America is currently waging in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The best-known parts of "I Have A Dream" have entered into a sort of comfortable familiarity, which allows everyone to view them without being challenged by the more pointed things Dr. King had to say that day.
Hundreds of women and men in Colorado came together Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 to take back the streets of Denver and send two simple messages: rape is a violent crime, not a sexual act, and women never ask to be raped.