Comparative Critical Review on Bill Cosby’s “Let’s Hear It for the ‘Nerds!’” and “We Are What We Choose” Given by Jeff Bezos

There is a humorous saying in English: “The grass is always greener on the other side if the valley. ” The saying is used ironically to point out that there is a temptation in us all to insist that others are more fortunate than we are. Many famously successful people have begun from small origins. Many of the affluent Americans of today are the children of the poor persons of yesterday. In addition, have you ever wondered who brought these fantastic ideas to our life? Are you curious about how they achieve the significant success and what wisdom we can benefit from? In the graduation speeches by Bill Cosby and Bezos, the current CEO of Amazon, give us many good insights into future career and life. Although the structure of Bezos’ speech (Princeton. edu., May 30, 2010) is more well-organized and efficient, we prefer Sandberg’s speech ( Barnard. edu., May 17, 2011), because the subject matter of her speech is more relevant to our life and thought-provoking.
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    Compared to Bill Cosby’s “Let’s Hear It for the Nerds!” at Carnegie Mellon University (The Piper, June 2007), “We are what We Choose” given by Jeff Bezos (News at Princeton, May 30,2010) is delicately decorated, advance in organization, but inconsistently constructed if we consider delivering a speech as building a house. When it comes to the supports to build a successful speech, a style that is humorous or distinctive always makes the audience fully engaged. But the idea it is trying to portray is by all means the main column of the building. Moreover, the idea should be highly relevant to the audience because a column not placed appropriately can never hold its weight. Based on the same topic, give speeches to enlighten graduated students, Cosby delivered a much more formal speech that is highly relevant to students, but quite hackneyed inside.   In comparison, the casual and informal, but meaningful speech, given by Bezos, is weakly related to audiences.