The Art of the Acceptance Speech


Being in the video entertainment business, it’s especially fun to watch the awards shows.

Beyond checking out the red-carpet looks, I’m intrigued by the acceptance speeches.

There’s an art to saying something profound, entertaining and tweet-able, all while weaving in a few carefully chosen words of thanks.

Bruce Feiler summed it up well last year in his New York Times piece, Saying Thank You in 45 Seconds. According to Bruce, that’s about 65 words, or two tweets. And he goes on to give some excellent advice.

Watching the Golden Globes this month, I was listening for great speeches.

And I was especially touched by Common and John Legend’s acceptance speech for best original song for Glory in the film Selma.

It was such a classy, optimistic, inclusive, real way to highlight the film’s core messages of equality, humanity and continuing to work toward making our world a better place for everyone.

Check it out if you want to brighten your day, learn to be an inspiring speaker and do what you can to improve the world.

Looking forward to more great words at the Academy Awards in February.

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Caroline Leach

Hi, I'm Caroline Leach. I help people and organizations tell their stories. I'm a Marketing VP at AT&T, a former Communications VP at DIRECTV and an alum of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. This blog, How to Build Your Career through Social Media, shows you how to build your personal brand, advance your career and embrace your future. It helps you promote your employer and your network too. Opinions expressed in this blog are my own. Your comments are welcomed and encouraged. I'd love to hear from you!

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