Speaker's Digest 

July 2018


In this issue:

  • Great Speakers from the ESPY Awards: Jim Kelly
  • What Courage Looks Like
  • Lessons on Presenting from the ESPYs


Traditionally each summer, there’s one date when all professional athletes have the day off—the Wednesday following baseball’s All-Star Game. The people at ESPN grabbed that one free night of the year to hold the annual ESPY awards, the one event that gets stars from across the world of sports into the same room.


We appreciate getting to know athletes of the past and present in street clothes—rather than uniforms. In recent years, we’ve written about speeches given at the ESPY awards. In 2014, we shared our thoughts about late broadcaster Stuart Scott, who gave a touching speech even while he was dying of cancer. And last year we wrote about Caitlyn Jenner, who spoke eloquently after receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. We have found the presenters at this event to be consistently outstanding—motivating, informational and inspirational.


In this month’s issue, we share our thoughts on this year’s ESPY awards, highlighting some of the more memorable moments and pointing out examples that our readers can learn from.



Great Speakers from the ESPY Awards: Jim Kelly

Sometimes as a speaker, you can make a more powerful impact when you’re feeling less than 100%. When Jim Kelly stepped to the stage to accept the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, he was clearly not feeling at his best. Yet the legendary QB managed to be even more inspirational than usual.


What Courage Looks Like

It was a great moment at the ESPYs when 140 sister survivors of sexual abuse filled the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. It became even more memorable when three of the women began to speak out about their experience and challenged the audience to get involved. We think it was a must-see moment.


Lessons on Presenting from the ESPYs

We know that the ESPY awards show was full of powerful and memorable speakers. But what can those of us who strive to become better presenters learn from them? Here are a few teachable moments from the event.


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