Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tipsters: Can you contribute to Famous Speech Friday? Here's how

If you like our Famous Speech Friday series and want to see more of it, I welcome your suggestions and contributions. Every FSF post winds up in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches, already a popular resource for speakers, speechwriters and even conferences looking for women speakers...or inspiration.

To get in on the action, you can:
  • Share suggestions for speeches for the series,
  • Propose a guest post, or
  • Point us to a similar post elsewhere.
Every Famous Speech Friday post meets certain criteria, so when you suggest an idea or propose a guest post for the series, here's what we will want to see:
  • Why the speech is famous: Whether it went viral on YouTube or changed the way a nation behaved, tell us what makes this a famous speech. It's not enough that the speech was delivered; we want women's speeches that are influential or that had a major impact.
  • That it's a speech: Whether the remarks are extemporaneous or planned, we want speeches for this series, rather than interviews, presentations or soliloquies. Within that limitation, however, we've covered almost every kind of speech: keynotes, eulogies, introductions, storytelling, awards acceptances and more.
  • Lessons for other speakers: Every Famous Speech Friday example includes three lessons that any speaker can take from the famous speech, so we're looking for speeches that include words, delivery techniques and more that's useful to speakers today.
  • Video, audio and transcripts: It's not possible to have these for every famous speech, particularly our historic examples. But where available, we strive for examples that offer readers access to how the speech was delivered--audio and video--as well as the text.
You can submit ideas to me via Twitter, on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook, or via email at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz. Some of our best posts in the series have come from contributors. I'm looking forward to your ideas and proposals!

Looking for famous speeches by women? Check out The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches, with a wide variety of women speakers, types of speeches and topics to inspire your next speech. Each one comes with lessons for speakers, plus video or audio and a transcript, where available.