History is filled with great speeches and dynamic speakers. In today’s world, with its fast-paced, never-ceasing flow of information, listeners still respond to the power of the spoken word. We dismiss speakers who are over-rehearsed or inauthentic, and we have no patience for the scripted or the slick. But we do respond to well-crafted messages delivered with authenticity. Great speeches inextricably link message and speaker: the power of the message is not only the arrangement of ideas and words, but the personality, passion, and commitment of the speaker.