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【精彩讲稿】The Importance of Being Different—Be Different from Yourself!
武汉大学 陈东

  Nowadays, people all over the world, at least in this house, seem to be emphasizing the importance of being different from others. They say that to be different from others makes you stand out, wins you an edge, brings you more chances and so on. I believe this is totally true. But we might have overlooked another kind of being different, that is, to be different from yourself.
  I suppose to be different from the inside is even more important than to be different from the outside. It is because trying to be different from yourself directly results in essential improvement inside you whereas the efforts to be distinct from others might stay in the superficial level.
  I would like to give a story to illustrate. I guess lots of you are using Nokia mobile phones, a famous brand from Finland. But I dare say not many of you know how these phones came into being. Actually, when I was visiting Helsinki University in Finland, a Finnish friend told me that Nokia was once a company engaged in making boots. And one day, when the highest leaders were discussing how to strengthen their company, one of them said “Let’s make something different!” And then, they began to make phones. Today, Nokia is well-known throughout the world for its phones but not for its boots. I think without making such a difference from itself, Nokia would never be so successful.
  To sum up, I would say that to be different from yourself is more important than to be different from others. As long as we concentrate on improving ourselves and transcend ourselves, we would not be the same and cannot be the same as others. Excellence will make you stand out saliently!
  Thank you.
  
  
Comments:
  The speaker has conveyed his idea about the topic “being different from yourself” very successfully. The angle he chooses to discuss the topic is refreshing. Instead of talking routinely about being different from others, he chooses to emphasize that being different from yourself is more challenging to oneself and doing so can contribute to humanity. He also further strengthens his point of being different from yourself by saying that being different from inside is more important than being different from the outside. This is a very enlightening idea which makes the audience interested and want to listen on. The example of Nokia being different from itself, from a boots making company to a mobile-phone making one is convincing and illuminating since Nokia enjoys popularity among Chinese people.
  The speaker speaks with comfort and confidence. He maintains a proper speed of speaking and this enables a full understanding for the audience, who are led by and eventually convinced by him. He has got good pronunciation, intonation and good control of pauses while he is speaking. He smiles towards the audience and maintains close eye contact with them. The speaker uses gestures during his speech. Some gestures are properly used though some sometimes seem to be a bit awkward. The suit Chen Dong wears seems to be one size larger so it hangs a bit loose on him. Except these less than satisfactory aspects, that is, some improper gestures and the loose suit, the speaker has extinguished himself from the other speakers in the aspects of content, the organization and delivery of a speech. A very convincing and competent speaker!
  (点评专家:樊葳葳,华中科技大学外国语学院院长、教授,主要研究领域为英语教学与跨文化交际,对英语口语教学、英语演讲有深入研究。讲稿及点评摘自《英语演讲选评100篇(2006-2011)》)
2013-06-15 13:12:57
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