A real star of the stage has died—let’s remember her via her biting wit.

From TED Talks comes this great—short (10:00)—little speech:

"Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful."

"Thinking is the second most beautiful thing. The most beautiful is poetry. If there were poetic thinking and thinking poetry—that would be paradise."
Night Train to Lisbon  —Pascal Mercier (via teeraksamur)

It’s totally an interp thing…

NPR collects speeches in a database—looking for speeches to inspire…or interp?

"Cristina Negrut has read more than 1,000 commencement speeches over the past eight years. She lists the speeches she’s most looking forward to in this year’s roster."

It’s that time of year for COMMENCEMENT speeches.  And NPR showcases some of the best.  Here they look through old speeches—showing us how some sink…or swim.

How’d Joel McHale stack up? Lots of ribs; lots of guts.

Some of my favorite political speeches are roasts; yet this underutilized genre of speech remains maligned by the mainstream.

Comedy Central doesn’t own the style, ya know!?

The first line of this speech—worth reading all the way through:

"I always wonder if that’s the first thing they ask Rihanna when they meet her. ‘RiRi! How are you so confident?’"