Creating a Five-Minute Speech

I have a very special honor tonight. The first Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award is being given to Mike Huckabee. You can check out the details of the award right here www.zigziglaraward.com.

Because it is the first time the award is being given, they are also honoring Dad. How cool is it when your dad gets a Servant Leadership award named after him?!! I have been asked to say a few words about the award, the honor it is for the family and for Dad, and to talk about how we support Kingdom Education (Christian Education).

The event gets even cooler because my daughter Alexandra will be introducing Mom and Dad. (She is a little nervous because there will be over 1000 people there). For me, I am thrilled beyond belief – I get to be the proud son and the proud father all at the same time!

So, how do you say what needs to be said and remembered in five minutes without messing it up? (Don’t tell anyone, but that thought has gone through my mind more than once!)

I thought you might like to see my short outline. Maybe it will give you an idea of how to build a short speech, or even a long one. 

  1. Thank everyone for the honor on behalf of the family. Specifically recognize Pastor Jack Graham, Larry Taylor, and Mike Huckabee.
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  3. Talk about the meaning of the award – Servant Leadership – and how it is so perfect because it echoes Dad’s lifelong philosophy and famous quote, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” I have watched Dad live this his whole life, and he is always focused on serving the other person first.
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  5. Make a solid point with some good humor. Dad has another quote that asks, “If you had a MILLION DOLLAR racehorse, would you keep it up all night letting it eat junk food, smoke cigarettes, drink booze, and watch TV?” Dad, as a good Baptist, how come the racehorse example?
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  7. Close if off with a solid point – How much are our children worth? More than a racehorse? Dad says, “You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.” This is why Kingdom Education is so important, and why your support is so important. The leaders of tomorrow will be shaped by what goes into their minds. If you had a million dollar racehorse you would make sure it got only the best. Our children are infinitely more valuable than a racehorse. Biblically-based Kingdom Education creates the leaders of the future by growing their hearts and minds with pure truth. When you choose to sponsor a child, you have chosen to create a better future for that child and for America. Thank you so much again on behalf of the Ziglar family.

So, here is the tip – build your talk around a great quote or idea, and remember it’s not about you, but about everyone else in the room. Just serve them and see what happens.

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6 Comments on “Creating a Five-Minute Speech”

  1. annaldavis Says:

    Thanks for this post! I have a lifelong phobia of public speaking, and this year God has asked me to coordinate our annual ladies retreat. I’m not the main speaker (thankfully!) but I will need to give a couple of short talks, about 5 minutes. This post was perfect for me.

  2. Gallagher Says:

    Excellent thoughts!

  3. Mike Henry Says:

    Thanks for a great post and the reminder of your Dad’s quotes. Like your father, your posts are very insightful and helpful. You both help me put others first. Thanks.

    Mike…

  4. anita Says:

    Thanks, Tom. Your post reminded me that having a focus to “serve” helps overcome the fear of “messing up.”

  5. Madhu Ganga Says:

    Hi Tom,

    This is a great post and thank you for reminding that we need to put others first, serve others first. Servant Leasdership is a great phrase and it has a lot of meaning to it.


  6. Great post Tom!! you are your fathers son it shows in your post here.


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