Before PowerPoint, KeyNote, color transparencies and monochrome transparencies, there was the power of the spoken word. 

In spite of the rise of social media and its corollary of homemade content produced on mobile devices, the pulpit remains a very influential form of communication.

On this page, we list some of the speeches we find well-constructed and well-delivered. May we clarify that we selected these examples for their oratorical style alone — please do not construe our selection as endorsement of the opinions and views (political, religious, social or otherwise) of the speakers. 

“Why nations should pursue soft power” by Dr. Shashi Tharoor

“A more perfect union” by former U.S. President Barrack Obama

“Where is home?” by Pico Iyer

“The danger of a single story” by novelist Chimamanda Adichie