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Someone I Honor Speech

Speech of Tribute
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Carla Swerman

on 7 November 2016

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Transcript of Someone I Honor Speech

Someone
I Honor
BASIC PURPOSE:
to honor someone who has had a positive influence on your life
No Research!
Education Appointments
family reunion
This Classroom
No animal
ESPN Times
Careerealism
Education-Portal.com
New Hanover Country Schools
Campaign Emory
Manuscript
Sentences
Course Hero
at least
one
visual aid
Who?
When & Where?
Why?
retirement party
funeral or memorial service
wedding anniversary party
birthday party
award ceremony
No group
No activity
Who?
When & Where?
Why?
BASIC PURPOSE:
to honor someone who has had a positive influence on your life
Why?
to show that this person deserves to be admired by everyone
to prove that this person has influenced the lives of others, too
someone
close to you
Who?
don't merely inform of his/her life
focus on the impact he/she has had on you
When you are asked to talk about someone in glowing terms, the task
seems a bit daunting. How do you express how much this person means to you or to the audience? How do you make this person seem special?

Unfortunately, the answer usually comes in the form of empty compliments. Superlatives like “always” and “never” appear, giving the individual saint-like qualities.

But, these statements are meaningless. Let me show you why. Let’s first
commemorate Uncle Bob, then switch it up to Cousin Kari. Read each speech, and notice something very strange (and a little sad).
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
“Uncle Bob is a great guy. What can I say? He’s always there for me. He’s the kind of guy that would give the shirt off of his back for you. We’re always laughing and joking and stuff. He’s got a really big heart; he’s always doing things to help people. He never has a bad thing to say
about anyone, and in conclusion, I think Uncle Bob is the most loving, most generous person I know.”
“Cousin Kari is a great lady. What can I say? She’s always there for me. She’s the kind of person that would give the shirt off of her back for you. We’re always laughing and joking and stuff. She’s got a really big heart; she’s always doing things to help people. She never has a bad thing to say about anyone, and in conclusion, I think Cousin Kari is the most loving, most generous person I know.”
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
Uh… that was nearly identical. And, that’s what I’m
talking about. These speeches are virtually meaningless because they can apply to almost anyone. Just take out “Uncle Bob” or “Cousin Kari” and add anyone’s name, and you have a speech that is about as uninspiring as they come. Adding “always” or “never” doesn’t make it any better. In fact, if someone is ALWAYS laughing, they are probably insane.
So, take a moment to think about what
exactly you admire in another person.

In this example, Uncle Bob or Cousin Kari
seem to be loyal (“always there for me”),
giving, fun-loving, loving, generous, and
kind. That’s quite a few qualities, and you probably only need to focus on one or two.
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
For a commemorative speech, that’s all it really comes down to: making it meaningful.

Remember, it’s not a competition to see how many good or great qualities you can list. It’s not about turning someone into a saint. It’s about celebrating that
individual on a personal level by stating what you admire about him/her and by sharing specific memories. That comes from the heart, and will inspire others… always.
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
Show, Don't Tell
Use specific examples
Re-create brief conversations
Use vivid language
Show, Don't Tell
Use specific examples
Re-create brief conversations
Use vivid language
Sarah is one of the nicest people I know. She is compassionate to people and animals alike.
Numerous times, I've seen Sarah crouch down to aid an ailing bird or critter. She has the same kind of heart for young and old, friend or acquaintance, wealthy or poor.
Avoid cliches & exaggeration
Sarah is one of the nicest people I know. She
is compassionate to people and animals alike.
Sarah is any critter's best friend and has the same "puppy dog love" for people--and not just for a single breed of people, but people from all kennels of life.
Show, Don't Tell
Use specific examples
Re-create brief conversations
Use vivid language
Avoid cliches
Use figurative language
What have you learned as a result of his/her influence?
How have you changed because of him/her?
What will you carry forward?
Introduction
Attention-Getter
Transition that identifies the honoree and your relationship with him/her
Thesis
Body
At least three traits or reasons (i.e. at least three body paragraphs)
Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and a concluding sentence
Each paragraph must have at least two differing specific examples and at least one example of figurative language
Conclusion
Summarize
End with a memorable, colorfully-worded idea
Manuscript
Size 12 font
Double-spaced
only use top 2/3rd's of page
bold first letter of each sentence
use a variety of highlighters
TechFantatix
Sarah is one of the nicest people I know. She is compassionate to people and animals alike.
Sarah wears her "heart on her sleeve" when it comes to both people and animals.
Course Hero
GAME PLAN: due ten minutes before the start of class on Monday, Nov. 14
Notes are recommended!
Who?
may not have ever won an award
likely to have some flaws
may be someone you haven't always cared for
Inside 919
to motivate others to live life in a similar fashion
Why figurative language?
creates interest
aids understanding (i.e. helps describe concepts that would be hard to put into "regular" words)
heightens the emotional impact
enhances memorability of the speech
Be Concise!
vivid
detail

examples
stories
conversations
figurative language
transitions
topic &
concluding
sentences

The Anger Coach
Overused & Meaningless
as gentle as a breeze
happy as a lark
cooler than "cool"
like a rock
may be deceased
Avoid "You"!
He will go out of his way to help you.
You could never have felt so accepted.
4-8 minutes
Make
every

word
count!

life
report
At least six examples of
figurative language
At least three different
kinds of figurative language
Today, I will tell you how my mother, a woman of influence, lived and breathed compassion, honesty, and dedication.
Level 1
i
game plan directions
sample game plans
sample manuscripts
sample speech
figurative language
link to this Prezi
Blackboard
Delivery Day: March 17
Be expressive!
But, for each of these qualities, think of a memory of that person that you share with them that demonstrates that quality. Don’t spread it thin by merely stating that they are “always” doing generous things. Think of a time that this person showed true generosity. What happened exactly? Why was this moment or memory so important to you? Why do you remember it so clearly?

Conference #1 by 4 PM March 6: Body of Manuscript
Conference #2 by 4 PM March 13: Finishing Touches
Other Due Dates
NO LIMIT!

the light of my life
from Pretty Good Speech.com by Mark Woods
He provided me with everything I could ever need and more.
I couldn't live without her!
Well-Crafted/Vividly Worded
AVOID EXAGGERATION
I don't know where I'd be without him.
Figurative Language
His joking would result in a marathon
of laughter.
Literal Language
He could make people laugh with his jokes.
sharp as a tack
Select an honoree who is unique!


not just "run of the mill"
REQUIREMENTS
not a cookie cutter of other honorees
REQUIREMENTS
at least three quotations
anywhere in the speech

THREE QUOTATIONS
something honoree has said repeatedly
something from an "interview" of the honoree
remark that someone else made about the honoree
inspirational quotation from a "famous" person
You may conference on the game plan.
up to three conferences between now and Tuesday, Nov. 29
Thursday, Dec. 1
THROUGHOUT THE SPEECH
at least three quotations
word-for-word
indirect/paraphrased
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