21 Best Quotes About Public Speaking

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If you have been following me on Twitter or facebook you will know that I love quotes and in particular those that are positive, uplifting and inspiring.

Quotes are very useful in presentations; a well selected quote can lend credibility to your message, bring additional support for your arguments and powerfully reinforce your ideas.

In a future blog post I will explore how to effectively use quotes in your presentations but for this post I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes about public speaking:

  1. If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour ~ Dianna Booher
  2. Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot ~ D. H. Lawrence  
  3. If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will ~ Harvey Diamond
  4. Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent ~ Dionysius Of Halicarnassus
  5. Everything that can be said can be said clearly ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
  6. You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart ~ John Ford
  7. There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave ~ Dale Carnegie
  8. It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech ~ Mark Twain
  9. Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore ~ Dr Mardy Grothe
  10. Great speakers are not born, they’re trained ~ Dale Carnegie
  11. There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience ~ Alexander Gregg
  12. The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives ~ Lilly Walters
  13. Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about ~ Michael H Mescon
  14. There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars ~ Mark Twain
  15. No one ever complains about a speech being too short! ~ Ira Hayes
  16. 90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform ~ Somers White
  17. It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time ~ Wayne Burgraff
  18. The problem with speeches isn’t so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin ~ Frances Rodman
  19. Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause ~ Mark Twain
  21. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with any of the quotes above? Do you have a favourite quote? Have you successfully used quotes in your presentations?

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2 thoughts on “21 Best Quotes About Public Speaking

    1. Mel Sherwood Post author

      Thanks Sue, glad you enjoyed it. I’m currently putting together a programme of blog posts and video tips – what would you like to read about? Do your clients have any particular challenges relating to public speaking?


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