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How to create a winning acceptance speech! Lessons from the Golden Globes

January 21, 2013

Who do you think delivered a great acceptance speech at the Golden Globes?

Sometimes creative people are good actors – but they can “stumble and fumble” when they don’t have a good script to work from.


In my opinion, one of the best acceptance speeches was by Jessica Chastain – and here’s why.

1. The steady pace and delivery . While other award winners seemed to rush through a seemingly endless list of thank you‘s, Jessica delivered her speech at an even pace. I don’t know if she ad libbed it, but to me it was if she knew how long she had to speak and practiced and even timed it so she didn’t try to cram in too much into her speech.

2. The compact “crescendo” of thank you’s. Now in accepting  awards you do need to thank people – but it seemed to me that Jessica thought about who she needed to thank beforehand – and delivered the “list” smoothly in increasing level of importance – building up to thanking the director. Also, beyond just saying thank you – there was some detail of what they should be thanked for – especially the “more important” thank you’s as she progressed. It didn’t sound like just a list!

3. Showing how much the award meant to her. The start of her speech  she shared about why awards are important  especially to struggling  creative people. She let people know this award meant so much to her.

4. The big finish. Her speech ended strongly instead of fizzling out. Once again it was as if she prepared in case she won the award and timed her speech so she fitted in so much in a short time and ended strongly.

See what you think – and compare to Ben Affleck’s speech.

Now I liked Ben’s speech (especially why this award meant so much to him in being in the company of great directors) and I loved the Argo movie. I just think his pace was too fast, he stumbled and umm-ed an ahh-ed too much  and the thank you list was not as well thought out as Jessica’s.

I know some people may prefer Ben’s  “just wing it” style over Jessica’s more prepared style. I was impressed by her “discipline”. I bet she prepares for her roles thoroughly too!

To see the videos, you’ll need to view them within various articles.

Here’s Jessica:

and here’s Ben: You may remember – his wife had to thank some people he forgot!

Anyway, see what you think. And when you win an award for your creative work – you can remember the 4 tips just outlined!

So who is writing this?

Hi, I’m Tony Biancotti and I can help you harness your creativity and hook attention with lots of tips from everyday life for  boosting creativity and hooking attention in everyday situations.

I can also help you improve your presentations and business writing.

I can share with you practical and easy-to-apply tips I’ve gathered over many years working as a:

  • TV journalist
  • political speechwriter
  • lawyer
  • blogger
  • musician and performer
  • coach and trainer in persuasionpositive messagespresenting and better e-mail and business writing.

I’m also a very busy dad and husband juggling my work and travel with family life and our two wonderful kids – Orlando and Cleo.

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