Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. Surveys consistently rank speaking in front of a group as our number one fear. One of the ways to combat this fear is to watch videos of the best orators ever delivering their top speeches. Below I have gathered some of my favorite addresses for you to watch. If you want to become a great public speaker, or just want to start overcoming a fear…start watching your favorite speakers.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address
Jimmy Valvano – 1993 ESPY Speech
Winston Churchill – We Shall Fight on the Beaches (AKA Never Give Up, Never Surrender)
Lou Gehrig – Farewell to Baseball
John F. Kennedy – Inauguration Address
Ronald Reagan – Remarks at the Brandenberg Gate
Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have a Dream
Which one of these speeches is your favorite? Do you have a speech that inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.