Category Archives: Public Speaking Icons

Herb Brooks’ 1980 Olympic Hockey Pre-Game Speech, by Kurt Russell

The head coach of the Olympic men’s hockey team for the United States delivers a brilliant speech about achieving great moments by seizing great opportunities. This speech was delivered by Herb Brooks in 1980 before his team went on to stun the Soviet Union in one of the most iconic victories in sports history. This clip is a reenactment performed by actor, Kurt Russell, in the 2004 film, Miracle.

Steve Jobs Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.