- "This body couldn't make it:" Distance swimmer Diana Nyad's 2011 TEDMED talk takes you stroke by stroke through her failed attempt to swim 70 hours straight from Cuba to Florida. It's a mesmerizing, funny, and physical talk that veers from dreams to defeat. Nyad finally completed that swim in 2013, but this story, with its determination theme, is just as satisfying as winning.
- "Worth a thousand Lances:" British Olympic cyclist Nicole Cook's retirement speech took on Lance Armstrong and the cyclist doping scandal, how poorly women are treated in the sport, and the need for future protections for women and girl riders. She minces no words, tackling the tough issues of her sport just as she would any tough turn or daunting hill. It's a scorcher.
- "It's part of who I am:" Golfer Sophie Gustafson's speech on her stuttering was a rare speech, funny and self-reflective, and recorded on video to accept an award from a group of sports journalists. It took her eight hours to record this six-and-a-half-minute statement, just another indicator of the grit that makes her a champion on the links and off.
- "Disabled people need to find their voice again:" Before she became a paralympic athlete and amember of the UK Parliament, she was inspired by another parliamentarian with a disability. Tanni Grey-Thompson's "shout a bit louder" speech about disability was given as a memorial tribute to him, and as a call to action for others with disabilities to speak up for their rights.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I'm offering a new workshop on women and public speaking. Be The Eloquent Woman will take place in Washington, DC, on Feb. 28, and in Oxford, UK, on April 2. The day-long workshop will help you build confidence and competence as a speaker, and help you subvert the expectations that many women face when they speak. Please join me for these unique professional development sessions!