Business Person of the Year

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					DESCRIPTION OF SPEECH: Speech to accompany the presentation of a Business Person of the Year Award. WHOM SPEECH IS SUITABLE FOR: Person presenting the award. (Boss, Organization’s officer, etc.) Mickey Rooney once said, “You always pass failure on the way to success.” Assuming those words to be true, [Awardee] is one of the biggest failures I’ve ever seen. Today, we honor [Awardee] with our [Business Person of the Year Award, or Name of Award], not specifically for [his/her] failures, of course, but for [his/her] successes, which were, when it boils down to it, made possible by those mistakes. Because it would not have been possible for [Awardee] to accomplish [major accomplishment of Awardee] , which [he/she] did largely by [methods leading to that accomplishment], without first… Well, let’s just say that [Awardee] undoubtedly tried other methods first. Some of which, today, may appear amusing but… I’ll leave the decision of whether or not to provide more details on those flubs up to [Awardee] [himself/herself]. [Awardee] wouldn’t be receiving this award today if [he/she] hadn’t the foresight to see some previously established methods of doing things as we all see them now—if not perhaps as “amusing,” at least as open to questioning. When [Awardee] first [example of successful move by Awardee that was controversial], for instance, many people thought … Shall we say, certain things about [Awardee]—and, here’s a hint, it wasn’t “Give that [man/woman] a [Business Person of the Year, etc.] Award.” You see, it was Bill Cosby who said, “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Success may be about pleasing people in some ways—especially customers—but it’s not directly about pleasing people. Success is about a dedication to achieving results—which, in the end, do please people. But never, ever do results please everybody. And you can just ask [{Awardee’s} competitors/ optionally, name comp
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Description: Speech to accompany the presentation of a Business Person of the Year Award
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