3 Reasons to watch this talk: Abby Wambach

  1. The speaker establishes an effective parallel between herself and the audience in the opening – the ‘terrifying transition’ of retiring from soccer, and of graduating – which is excellent for drawing the audience in.
  2. Clear, unequivocal language matched by strong, purposeful gestures helps give the speaker great presence and a natural authority. 
  3. Well thought through conceptually, with the use of ‘wolves’ and ‘pack’ expertly threaded through via: a specific lens on the Red Riding Hood story; a real world example of wolves re-introduced into a national park; and as applied to women and teams. This all combines to create a memorable and cohesive whole.