A lot of clients ask me for examples of great speeches. Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 Espy speech is a brilliant example. Notice how loose he is… he works off a structure, yes, but no reading. He’s working moment by moment off of his audience. Notice the patterns he uses to shape the speech; first a time pattern, he talks of the past, the present and the future, then a topic pattern, he talks of what to do every day, laugh, feel and think. Notice the beautiful personal details he shares to make a connection with his audience. The speech has great, humorous stories in it’s discussion section, the lifeblood of good speech-making, and a knock-out call to action for a conclusion. This is public speaking at it’s finest.