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COMM 111: Public Speaking

Notable Speeches

Teddy Roosevelt

Kim Scarborough. (1905, Mar. 4). Teddy Roosevelt Inagural Speech, 1905 (parallel). Retrieved from under the Creative Commons License.

Sometimes looking at other people's speeches will help you come up with a topic and give you an idea of "best practices" for public speaking. You can also use famous speeches (such as FDR's fireside chats, linked below) as audio/visual aids in your own speeches.

LexisNexis Academic

Academic LexisNexis is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary database that is known for its up-to-date news and information. For current event speeches, use the News search. Under the "Search by Content Type"  menu, the Biographical Information search is also excellent for finding biographical information for biographical or tribute speeches. Access LexisNexis Academic at the link below.

Famous Speeches on YouTube

Search for a specific speech (i.e. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech) or do a basic search like "famous speeches."
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