In September, 2013 Richard Greene took model Christie Brinkley, her daughter Sailor and Chinese actress Bai Ling to South Africa and Kenya to help raise global awareness about the devastating poaching crisis that is threatening the very existence of elephants.

Elephants are the largest land animal and one of the smartest, wisest, most sensitive and extraordinary species on Earth. To see them in the wild is a life-changing and exhilarating event. We have to protect them for future generations.

So, starting in 2014, in cooperation with the advisor to The First Lady of Kenya and Members of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and their children in Kenya, South Africa, The Philippines and The United States, Words That Shook The World will be launching a global public speaking competition on the topic of "How To Save The ELEPHANTS!"

As part of the competition, special guided tours to learn about, see, touch and even live amongst the elephants in Africa will be available. Contact if you are interested in any of these trips.

It is hoped that the speech videos that will be created during this competition, by students all over the world, will be distributed widely and help reduce the global demand for ivory . . . a substance that can ONLY come from the killing of elephants . . . especially in the biggest consuming nations of China, The Philippines and The United States.

Prizes for the competition will include scholarships and trips to Africa.



Beverly Hills Communication Strategist and speech advisor, Richard Greene was Indonesian President Yudhoyono's special guest at the State Dinner in Jakarta for President and Mrs. Obama in November, 2010 and was invited to surprise the American president with his new book designating both leaders as the speakers of the two most significant speeches of the 1st decade of The 21st Century.

"Words That Shook The World: The 1st Decade of The 21st Century" is the continuation of Greene's prestigious "Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events", published by Prentice Hall in 2002 and used in high schools and universities as one of the most prestigious works on great speeches. Greene chose state senator Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote, claiming it to be "the most successful political speech in American history" and President Yudhoyono's 2009 Harvard Address, "Towards Harmony Among Civilizations", a stunning call for moderation in the Muslim world as the two speeches and two personalities that shook the world in the past decade.
Words That Shook The World has donated over $11 Million of educational videos to every high school teacher and every high school student in The New York City Schools.

These are not only "The 5 Secrets" of President Obama, but the communication secrets of Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and the others in "Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events".  

New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein launches
the competition at The Scholastic Auditorium

Noah Wyle shares his thoughts on inspiring our
next eco-warriors

Deputy Chancellor SantiagoTaveras speaks
to the teachers
Stefan Weitz of Bing
Founder Richard Greene with Elizabeth Kucinich
from PCRM and Noah Wyle
Dr. Julie Strategos of Lockheed Martin
Ken Rother of Planet Green

VIP Judges

Quarter Finals and
Semi Finals will be
judged by the sponsors
and a team of VIP Judges including Noah Wyle,
Ashley Rickards,
Gina Gershon,
Daphne Zuniga,
Former Senator
Gordon Smith,
and Deidre Hall


Here are THE RESULTS for the 2nd National "Words That Shook The World" Public Speaking Competition!!!

Winner - 4 Year $40,000 College Scholarship: Phillip, Lawrence High School, New Jersey

Runner - Up - $10,000 Scholarship:
Quint, Salina High School, Kansas

3rd Place - A Tie
$3,750 Scholarship Each:
Katie, Marathon High School, Florida
Grace, Bellaire High School, Texas

5th Place - A Tie
$2,500 Scholarship Each:
Anna, St. Peter's High School, Minnesota
Joey, Douglas County High School, Colorado
Emily, Millard No. High School, Nebraska
Rebekah, Douglas County High School, Colorado
Annie, Douglas County High School, Colorado
Ronald, Troy High School, California

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The Jason Mraz Art, Music and The Environment Competition

Sponsor of The Technology Competition

Co-Sponsor: "Eating, Health and The Environment" Competition

The Official Hotels of The Competition



EVERY high school student in The New York City School System is invited to "Shake The World" with THEIR words and have the chance to win some of the $42,000 in scholarships . . . and help the City of New York, America and The World in "The Environmental Solutions" Competitions.

Students are invited to serve their city, country and the planet by coming up with environmental projects, innovations or even inventions concerning Technology, and the new environmental focus that looks on the interrelationship between "Eating, Health and The Environment". The student will then tell us all about them in a compelling 2 - 3 minute video which will be uploaded on SchoolTube and judged by The National Forensics League and our sponsors.

And, New York City teachers will be able to compete and win prizes in special speech and mentoring competitions as well.

Competition #1: Topics:
Technology, Finance/Public Policy/Eco-Activism, Eating, Health and The Environment
1st Place: $5,000 Scholarship and a Summer Internship with the sponsor
2nd Place: $2,500 Scholarship
3rd, 4th and 5th: $1,000 Scholarships
Competition #2: The Jason Mraz Art, Music and The Environment Competition

1st Place:

$5,000 Scholarship
2nd Place: $2,500 Scholarship
3rd, 4th and 5th: $1,000 Scholarships
The AVATAR Award - Students

1st Place:

$5,000 Scholarship
2nd Place: $2,500 Scholarship
3rd Place: $1,000 Scholarship
4th - 10th:
$500 Scholarships
The Avatar Award: Teachers

1st Place:

$2,500 from
2nd Place: $1,250 from
3rd, 4th, 5th $500 from

Welcome! You are about to improve your ability to do the scariest thing human beings ever do - stand up and give a speech.

But, as you will learn, it doesn't have to be scary. ALL you have to do, to be a great speaker, and to WIN this competition and the Full Scholarship is to just reach inside and share what you are thinking and feeling. Don't worry about the form or the technique. Don't worry about never having given a speech before. Azah Awasum, the amazing winner of The 1st National competition, last year, had NEVER given a live speech before in her entire life . . . until she stepped out in front of the audience at the Finals in Washington, DC.

ALL you have to do is SPEAK FROM YOUR HEART.

That's what Martin Luther King did. That's what FDR and JFK and Barbara Jordan and Ronald Reagan did.

And, when you learn how to do just that you will become a better communicator in your personal life, you will get better jobs, you will make more money and you will contribute to our country in even bigger ways.

What's YOUR Message For America???

The country is listening!!!

Words That Shook The World celebrates the great speakers of the past 100 years. This annual competition will help find and train the great speakers of the NEXT 100 years – Is it YOU?

Sample the book:

Table of Contents
Book Jacket
Preface by Tony Robbins
Foreward by Helen Thomas
Foreward by Jeff Greenfield
Sample Chapter: Albert Einstein
Reviews of the Book




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