by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 113 comments and questions on Speeches issues. They are listed according to date.
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|Why was JFK a good orator?||Kennedy|
|How many in the audience?||Lincoln|
|Who helped King write the speech?||Martin Luther King Dream||USA|
|Can't listen to speech off-line||Churchill|
|Suggests Mario Cuomo's speech||General||USA|
|Which was most powerful speech?||Churchill|
|Wants to speak as good as Kennedy||Kennedy|
|Wants Jackson's 1988 speech||Jesse Jackson|
|Main point of speech||Kennedy|
|Has dream been achieved?||Martin Luther King Dream||USA|
|Wants speeches from African leaders||General||Nigeria|
|Looking for Anne Richards' speech.||General||USA|
|I applaud efforts of Bush's inaugural address||GW Bush|
|Was an excellent speech||Clinton|
|Muhammad Ali||General||New Zealand|
Why was JFK a good orator?
February 5, 2004
I have to compose a speech as to why JFK was such a great American orator and was wondering if I might be able to obtain your opinion? Thanks
He was a very witty and glib speaker. JFK was intelligent but also had an excellent speech writer. And finally, he spoke very clearly to overcome his Boston accent.
How many in the audience?
January 26, 2004
Can you tell me how many attended this great speech that Lincoln spoke on that day. Also we are using Lincoln speech for a paper in my speech class, tell me where should I start
Vivian - (2140)
I haven't been able to tell how many people actually heard his speech. There is information about everything but the size of his audience. Apparently, no one applauded after he gave the speech.
Since it is a short speech, you can break it down into discrete sections and explain what he meant by each. He certainly used excellent lanaguage in the speech.
Who helped King write the speech?
January 24, 2004
i was wandering if you had any idea who helped write the i have a dream speech. i need to find this out for class. they told me that he was not the only one who wrote it for there were many who helped write it. if you know anything i would appreciate it
kate - USA (2090)
Martin Luther King did have a speech writer for a while, but I believe he wrote the "I Have a Dream" portion of that speech himself. He gave that part of the speech 25 times previously to conclude different speeches and church sermons.
Can't listen to speech off-line
January 22, 2004
When I click on this link-
it dosen't download it, it only play it when I'am connected to the
Internet then when I disconnect it say's to connect to listen to it
how can download the full version so I can listen to it when
I'am off the Internet.
Michael - (2064)
Unfortunately, that is a Real Audio file, and I think that type of file does not download. There's not much you can do about it.
Suggests Mario Cuomo's speech
January 14, 2004
Your website "School for Champions" suggests we tell you of any speeches we think should be added to your grouping. One of the most memorable speeches I ever heard was Mario Cuomo's speech given at the Democratic National Convention sometime in the 1980s. I just cannot remember which one. In the speech he said, "We are a nation of immigrants." I recall thinking at the time that he should have been the one to run for president. Actually, most of his speeches are rather good.
No need to email me back. Just happened to be here and remembered that speech.
- USA (1934)
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll see if I can find it.
Which was most powerful speech?
January 11, 2004
Other than his Never Give Up speech, what is Winston Churchill's most powerful speech.
Michael - (1894)
He gave so many powerful speeches that it is difficult to pick the best. It may have been the call to arms at the beginning of WWII.
See the resource listed in
for a listing of Churchill's speeches.
Wants to speak as good as Kennedy
January 4, 2004
I just read President Kennedy's speech. I must admit it is really solid in all that he desired to convey to the world. I am a metaphysical minister with a desire to give such lecturers. How will studying his works assist me?
This is a wonderful website!
Dr. Kumasi - (1801)
Studying and reading such a speech aloud is good practice in learning effective wording and pacing. Also note that the speech is well-organized and gets to the point. It is important in a metaphysical speech not to wander in ideas presented. Rather pick one or two main points and even repeat them with good examples, so that the audience really understands the concept.
President Clinton's first inaugural address was an example of how not to give a speech. He wandered all over in his ideas and spoke much too long. (I don't have that speech listed). He learned from his mistake and became a better speaker.
It is inspiring to read well-written and well-performed speeches. They make you want to be able to do the same thing.
Best wishes in your ministry and your sermons.
Wants Jackson's 1988 speech
December 10, 2003
Can you provide Both of Jesse Jackson's Democratic Conventions Speeches (1984 & 1988) in its entirity. I did view the 1984 speech however I do beleive it was edited.
Sorry, we don't have his 1988 speech nor the full 1984 one.
Main point of speech
November 16, 2003
I was searching the web for the summary of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address. I'm doing a literary circle on it on Tuesday Nov. 18, and it's hard for me to try and put his inaugural address in a 4 minute summary. Can you help me? It would be helpful if you can help by answering back to me by Monday night. Thank you very much.
Jen - (1261)
Look at the main points: the world is different, he makes pledge to our friends and requests to our enemies. Then he asks everyeon to pitch in.
Then you can summarize what he said, from the text.
Has dream been achieved?
November 14, 2003
Has king's dream been achieved as of present day?
- USA (1238)
His goal of improved legislation against discrimination has been achieved, but his dream of racial harmony among people will probably never be achieved, due to human nature and ignorance.
Wants speeches from African leaders
October 29, 2003
I would like to focus my speech learning from the African perspective. why dont you have speeches by African leaders, is there any way i can get those speeches?
MACHARIA - Nigeria (1007)
The perspective of your speech should always be the audience. If it is an audience from a given culture or nationality, you must focus the subject and language on what they understand and on what they relate to.
I would love to post excellent speeches made by African leaders. Unfortunately, most references are on speeches from European or American speakers. I will look for speeches by leaders from Africa and other areas to give a more well-rounded perspective.
Looking for Anne Richards' speech.
October 19, 2003
I am looking for a video copy of Anne Richards' speech "Where's George?" given at the democratic convention in 1992 (I think) It was a great speech which inspired the crowd. Do you have a copy or a video of it?
I just discovered your site. Love it!
Mary - USA (913)
I know she made a speech in 1988 about George Bush being born with a silver foot in his mouth. I haven't seen the text or anything else on any of her speeches. If you find information on it, let me know.
I applaud efforts of Bush's inaugural address
August 13, 2003
As the President undertakes preperations for his re-election efforts, a review of this inagural speech provides insight to those who claim surprise, confirmation to old friends and ample warning to freedom haters.
I applaud your efforts to use this speech as a study of communication. Too often great speeches by conservative speakers are overlooked in academia.
With a post-9/11 perspective, it is clear an angel has been riding in the whirlwind and has and will continue to direct this storm. I feel it was divine intervention in Florida, (via the S.C.) that provided this Nation with just the right leader and the time we needed him most.
Nick - (205)
Thanks for your feedback. Great insight can be gained from examining the speeches from leaders of all persuasions.
Was an excellent speech
August 8, 2003
This is an excellent speech which speaks to empowerment and mobilisation of the human race. Well written!
Arlene - (146)
Thanks for the feedback. Apparently, President Clinton wrote most of the speech himself.
July 30, 2003
you need to add Muhammad Ali speeches they are the best!!!!! Do you have any?
ezica - New Zealand (47)
I have been planning on adding some material about Muhammad Ali in our Sports section. I've never seen any resources on his formal speeches. I'm sure he gave many, especially concerning his religion. I don't know if anyone has ever documented them.
If you know of some sources, let me know.
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