Did the Internet Kill the Acceptance Speech?

Last night I watched the Tony awards. Whether it's the Tonys, Emmys or Oscars it's the same experience. People give boring speeches thanking a long list of people. Enter the internet.The Webby Awards is the internet equivalent of the other awards shows. The Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honors excellence on the internet.

This year recipients had to give an acceptance speech no longer than five words. Even Twitter allows 140 characters. Talk about a challenge! It takes great clarity of thought to get a meaningful message across in five words. My clients discover how much more powerful they sound when they speak in soundbites and not in long, drawn out sentences. But can it be done effectively in an acceptance speech?

Here are a few from prior Webby awards:

"Please don't recount this vote. "-Al Gore. "Thank God Conan got promoted."-Jimmy Fallon

The shortest Presidential inaugural speech was given by George Washington in 1789. It was 135 words long. (Was this the precursor to social media?)

What if Winston Churchill gave his inspirational World War II speech in five words or less? "Never give in. Never. Never."

Does it get the message across? How about applying this to an elevator speech? One of my favorites is by Ron Karr, of Ron Karr Associates in New Jersey- Sell more in less time.

When Paul McCartney received a grammy for his music in Wings, his acceptance speech was two words-"Thank you!"

So what do you think? Should the Oscar speeches be limited to five words? Maybe then we could get to bed early. You decide.