- Comic and actress Carol Burnett's live audience Q&A was an extemporaneous masterpiece, week after week. She listened and played off questioners with ease and great humor.
- Jackie Kennedy's 1962 televised tour of the White House was an astonishing accomplishment for a shy 32-year-old speaker who proved you can do much if you know your content. As if that weren't enough, it had an audience of 56 million, the biggest ever to that point--and outstripped her husband, the President's, ratings.
- Evita Perón's 1951 Renunciamento turned down a popular movement to draft her as vice president of Argentina, using the radio as her medium of choice for this, her most famous speech. No balcony needed for this speech to have lasting impact.
- Francine Wheeler's radio address on gun control came when President Obama gave her the chance to take his place in his weekly radio address. Her six-year-old son, Ben, had been killed just a few months earlier in a mass shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook School.
- TV anchor Jennifer Livingston spoke about her weight when that became news, thanks to a critical viewer. She chose the medium where she makes her living to make a statement about bullying and respond to her critic.
- Julia Child's cooking demos on 'The French Chef' were public speaking tours de force, translating her cookbook into talk-and-demonstrate shows, among the earliest on television. She pioneered methods that are still in use today.
- Eleanor Roosevelt's radio address on Pearl Harbor happened on the very day of that attack, preceding her husband's famous radio speech the next day. With millions listening, she updated the audience on what was happening in Washington and urged them to turn from uncertainty to the certainty that America would prevail against its enemies.
- and 9. Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to Princess Diana after her death in what was the queen's very first televised live remote speech, drawing record audiences. This post also includes the queen's very first speech, on radio, when she was just a teenager and not yet the queen.
Friday, January 22, 2016
The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women, and at the links below, you'll find text and video, where available, as well as tips you can translate into your own public speaking: