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Original Oratory Speech Spotlight: "Naming Our Identity" by YuYu Yuan

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

What's in a name? Don't miss the Original Oratory Speech Spotlight featuring good friend of the podcast, all-around amazing human, and Cheyenne East superstar Speech and Debate alum - YuYu Yuan and her speech: "Naming Our Identity."


Today’s speech spotlight episode features Cheyenne East alum and super good friend of the podcast, YuYu Yuan. YuYu was a four-year Thunderbird and a two time Wyoming State Champion PF debater, as well as a State Champion in Original Oratory. You know YuYu from several great One Clap episodes and her awesome extemporaneous series created with Spencer Travis - The Half Hour. She will be sharing two speeches with us on Speech Love, but the speech that she is sharing with us today is from 2020. It is called “Naming Our Identity.”

A quick word about how to use these speech spotlight episodes. First, enjoy an excellent, very well done speech. The speech spotlight is another opportunity for students to share their unique and powerful voice to an audience in an audio format. So, sit back and enjoy some brilliance from our speech and debate community. Second, consider how you might use this speech as a model for anyone who is looking to write and perform their own original oratories. Third, these speeches could be excellent learning tools for coaches and competitors. Actively reflecting on what makes a speech powerful, effective, or even flawed can help coaches and competitors add more tools and ideas to their own speaking toolboxes.

Watch YuYu's "Naming Our Identity" Original Oratory here:


Thanks so much to YuYu for sharing her thoughtful and powerful Original Oratory. Look for two upcoming episodes that will be companions to this episode: another speech spotlight episode featuring her speech, “Are You Sick of Me Yet?” and a long overdue, extended interview with YuYu in which she discusses her speech and debate experience, her original oratories, and a whole lot more.

YuYu Yuan - Quick Bio: Cheyenne East Competitor for 4 years, Won 1st Place in Oratory at James Logan, 3-time National Qualifier, and a State Champion - in Public Forum Debate twice and in Original Oratory. Attending Stanford University. Co-host of The Half Hour Podcast and Youtube show.


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