Speakers: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The people found on this list represent the best speakers for speeches I have attended. I was fortunate, in other words, to have been a member of the audience. Each of the speakers was electrifying. They did not read from a prepared text of Powerpoint slides. They were animated, passionate, and sometimes quite funny. This list does not include speeches I have heard on the Internet, on television, or other remote, electronic means.

Criteria for this ranking:

• Delivered a message that I found to be highly memorable, profound or inspiring.

• Was skilled in the techniques of giving a public speech.

• Seemed to be impressive to others in the audience.

• Was not afraid to say things that surely upset some in the audience.

• The speech was so interesting that it a drew large amount of audience questions.

Best-Ever Speakers

  • Abbie Hoffman
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Mario Cuomo
  • Vladamir Posner
  • Mikhal Gorbechev
  • Russell Means
  • Daniel Berrigan
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Harry Edwards
  • Mollie Yard
  • Dave Foreman
  • James Randi
  • Colin Turnbull
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Carl Sagan
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Captain Paul Watson
  • Molly Ivins
  • Bob Woodward
  • Ralph Nader
  • Bill Clinton
  • Joseph Wilson
  • Dennis Kucinich
  • Richard Florida
  • Michael Moore
  • John Norquist
  • Parris Glendening
  • Ed McMahon (urban design advocate, not the TV personality)
  • Wesley Clark
  • Marc Zuckerberg
  • Barack Obama
  • Howard Dean debating Karl Rove


I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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