Public Speaking Quotes

1. A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something. – Plato

2. Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. – Horace

3. Grasp the subject, the words will follow. – Anonymous

4. Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. – Plato

5. Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. – Dionysius Of Halicarnassus

6. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. – Benjamin Franklin

7. Be sincere; be brief; be seated. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

8. If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. – Winston Churchill

9. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. – Winston Churchill

10. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

11. It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. – Mark Twain

12. Fear paralyses you – fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is. – Annie Lennox

13. Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. – John Maynard Keynes

14. 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

15. If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. – Gerald R. Ford

16. You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. – John Ford

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17. According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy. – Jerry Seinfeld

18. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. – Jimi Hendrix

19. You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. – John Ford

20. A good orator is pointed and impassioned. – Marcus T. Cicero

21. Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about. – Michael H Mescon

22. There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars. – Mark Twain

23. o one ever complains about a speech being too short! – Ira Hayes

24. It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time. – Wayne Burgraff

25. 90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform. – Somers White

26. The most precious things in speech are the pauses. – Sir Ralph Richardson

27. Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. – Martin Fraquhar Tupper

28. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner

29. Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. – Mark Twain

31. Pausing adds that special dramatic impact. – Anonymous

32. Filler words like “umm” and “ahh” can get dangerous if used too much – Anonymous

33. You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged. – Seth Godin

34. Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across. – Guy Kawasaki

35. The first time you say something, it’s heard; the second time, it’s recognized; the third time, it’s learned. – John Maxwell

36. More present moment engagement = less crappy thoughts. – Marie Forleo

37. It’s what you practice in private that you will be rewarded for in public. – Tony Robbins

38. Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident. – Dale Carnegie

39. The first 30 seconds and the last 30 seconds have the most impact in a presentation. – Patricia Fripp

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40. If you want to connect, you must let them reflect. – Darren Lacroix

41. Speak like you talk, not like you write. – Craig Valentine

42. The worst speech you’ll ever give, will be far better than the one you never give. – Fred Miller

43. If you don’t want to preach, put stories in your speech. – Andy Harrington

44. The single most important skill you must have to lead is the ability to tell your own story. – Bo Eason

45. The only reason to give a speech is to change the world. – Nick Morgan

46. Audience interaction should be proportional to the amount of trust you’ve earned. – Michael Port

47. Some introverts are perfectly comfortable with public speaking; I’m not one of them. – Susan Cain

48. A good speaker is done talking before the audience is done listening. – Anonymous

49. All the great speakers were bad speakers at first. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. A good speech is like a pencil; it has to have a point. – Anonymous

51. If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation, your audience never will. – Harvey Diamond

52. Speech is power: speech is to persuade to convert, to compel. – Anonymous

53. The basic unit of communication is not the word but the idea. – Michael Landrum

54. Your audience doesn’t want you to be perfect – they want you to be present. – Anonymous

55. Do not be afraid to speak your mind. – Anonymous

56. Death is the number two fear that people have and public speaking is the first! – Sidney Sheldon

57. Ah, the first rule of public speaking – always start with a joke. – Jon Stewart

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