Hsc Speeches - Aung San Suu Kyi & Sir Willain Deane

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
- Peter Drucker

Speeches are made to help the speaker represent a point of view and to captivate the audience in said view point. This can be seen in Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Keynote address at the Beijing world conference on women’, which has a significant central theme of peace, and the role of women in the peaceful government of this world. Whereas previous Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William Deane’s ‘On the occasion of an ecumenical service for the victims of the canyoning tragedy’ was purely about paying respects to the victims of the horrific accident that took the lives of 21 lives. These two speeches both captivate their audiences attentions in different yet equally important ways.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s video taped address at the Beijing world conference on women in August 1995 was read on month after she was released from almost 6 years of house arrest. It was in 1990 that Suu Kyi ran for prime minister of Burma as part of the National League for democracy. She was elected but immediately placed under house arrest by the military junta who took over control of the Burmese government. Aung San Suu Kyi is known worldwide for her strong beliefs in “peace, security, human rights and democracy”. In this speech, Suu Kyi particularly focuses on these elements, but predominantly in the context of the “participation of women in politics and governance”.
This speech captivates the audience from the beginning by acknowledging her largely female audience.
“The greatest concourse of women (joined by a few brave men!)”
Also including some humour. By making the audience feel included from the start of the speech, Suu Kyi immediately catches their attention, making them more attentive and less likely to not pay attention throughout the speech.

Throughout her speech, Suu Kyi has made various points on why women...