Speeches matter. But it is in the selection of words that changes the course of history. No political leader cuts it today, yet the World is imperilled by war, poverty climatechange and politicalidiocy

As a speaker who chooses his words to edge us towards that #tippingpoint and a better world, here is proof of the power and timeliness of great oratory

‘All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of #Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’

JFK’s speech to 120,0000 in Berlin is credited with ending the Cold War.’

‘We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.’

#theodoreroosevelt saves nature in America and creates the first National Park.

‘I would rather be a rebel than a slave. We have to free half the human race, the women, so that they and help to free the other half. We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.’

EmmelinePankhurst campaigns for #women to get the vote.

Each of these and perhaps the greatest of them all. Martin Luther King jnr’s ‘I have a dream’ speech changed the world.

Great orators are needed today, like never before. Looking for a great speaker? Look no further. The others are now dead.