28 Quotes From the Best Public Speakers


2. “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


3. “If you present yourself as perfect – we will not believe you and we will hate you. We like you when we see that you are imperfect like we are.” Unknown


4. “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  


5. “A theme is a memory aid, it helps you through the presentation just as it also provides the thread of continuity for your audience.” Dave Carey


6. “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


7. “It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.” Wayne Burgraff


 8. “He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.” – Joseph Conrad


9. “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


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


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


12. “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


13. “We love to hear stories. We don’t need another lecture. Just ask your kids.” Unknown


14. “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” – Stephen Keague


 15. “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” Oliver Wendell Holmes


16. “No one ever complains about a speech being too short!” – Hayes


17. “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” – Somers White


18. “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” Plato


19. “It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.” – Wayne Burgraff


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


21. “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” – Dianna Booher  


22. “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. ” Robert Greenleaf


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


24. “Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer’s avenue to the public….” Abraham Lincoln


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


 26. “Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” – Martin Fraquhar Tupper


27. “Had the lecturer added 30 hours of preparation to his presentation, his 30 minute appearance would probably have inspired some of the 300 of us who were listening, but instead we stopped listening after about 30 seconds…” Erik Drakenberg


28. “The first sign of greatness is when a man does not attempt to look and act great. Before you can call yourself a man at all, Kipling assures us, you must “not look too good nor talk too wise.” – Dale Carnegie


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