Patty Foote, a student in my public speaking course wrote the following essay in preparation for her ‘Persuasive’ Speech delivered to the member of her class (115 so1) at Southern State Community College in June 2011. Originally posted on the class blog. With Patty’s permission and my GREAT JOY, I’m re-posting it here.
I knew from the beginning of the quarter what I would want my persuasive speech to be, and now that I have gotten to know everyone somewhat and got a glimpse into your lives, I know this is the perfect choice for this audience – YOU!
My speech is BE GOOD TO YOURSELF – BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND
As I have listened to all of you the past two months, I have no other message that I think is more important. I have done a good deal of reflection since going back to school. When I listened to your own stories and reflections, I can identify and connect with many of you. Trust me, I have many more years of life experience than all of you and I have spent years of what you might call just surviving because I did not know my value, or I let someone else define it. I am far from that road I was on and still traveling away from it.
I will discuss these points; I like to call them valuable thought lessons.
Thought lesson 1 – You are Important
Thought lesson 2 – You Deserve the Best in your Life
Thought lesson 3 – Learn from your Past
Thought lesson 4 – Be Good to Yourself, Be Your Own Best Friend
You are Important
There is only one you on this planet, Earth. You have talents, gifts and ideas that no one else has or can offer to this world. You are unique and no one can take your place. Don’t let anyone in your present, your past or your future dictate who you are and where you are going. The people that surround you will be better off because you are in their life. You are Important. Remember that!
You Deserve the Best in your Life
The Best contains all your goals, your dreams and any star that you dare to reach out and grasp. Don’t settle for less than what you wish for. Write your goals and your dreams down and go after them. If you don’t know what your goals are right now and are finding your way, that’s okay. Just wait on it – it will come. It’s okay to be uncertain. Live everyday being confident in who you are. Just live everyday the best you can.