Find Courage to Change the World

Find Courage to Change the World

English Speeches

Learn English with US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven in his commencement address at the University of Texas, Austin 2014. In this Speech, Admiral McRaven Urges Graduates to Find Courage to Change the World – Watch with big English subtitles.

Get the full transcript of this speech HERE  and audio HERE

Ideas worth spreading

Ideas worth spreading


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • What is TED for those of our viewers who may have been living under a rock
  • TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design
  • In 1984 a group of professionals in those three areas got together and thought it would be a good idea to create a conference
  • Ideas could be shared about these subjects
  • People could become inspired
  • Ideas could be spread
  • That’s where TED talks were born
  • The x in TEDx stands for an independently organized event
  • It’s a completely different group of people, it could be a church, it could be a school, a business
  • They have received a license from TED to conduct TED like events
  • These events feature talks and performances
  • I have three loves
  • The first one is Science, I’m a conservation biologist  
  • The second one is public speaking, I’m a toastmaster and I compete a lot in public events
  • The third one is performance, performing arts I’m a dancer and I do a lot of theatre
  • I merged these three loves
  • I was coaching my colleagues, my scientific peers
  • They don’t have a good reputation for being able to speak well
  • I was helping them to create effective messages
  • This caught the attention of a few people who were organizing a TEDx event
  • I happily signed on
  • TEDx talks are a potent cocktail of all sorts of public speaking and rhetorical ingredients
  • You’ve got a formula or a structure which starts normally with a very provocative beginning
  • This catches the hook for the audience
  • Story telling techniques
  • Anecdotes
  • Vocal variety and body language
  • Telling a story something interesting  something empowering or passionate
  • It ends with  an action, the audience can be inspired to think or do or say
  • My job as a speaker coach is to bring out these elements in the speaker
  • A good talk has been rehearsed about 100 times
  • There’s hundreds of hours of practice
  • Detailed choreography
  • Talking slowly, quickly
  • It is a mixture of work, an idea worth spreading


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