25 More Awesome Public Speaking Quotes


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We got a lot of positive feedback on our last set of 25 public speaking quotes, so we decided to dig a little deeper and find some more awesome quotes for you guys. These are some great words from some great and notable people in the presentation, public speaking and communication sectors. Do what you will with them, whether that’s memorizing them, putting them on your fridge or even just scanning them here for inspiration. They are fun, inspiring and useful for many aspects of communication.

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25 More Awesome Public Speaking Quotes

  1. 1. 25 More Awesome PUBLIC SPEAKING QUOTES
  2. 2. Be sincere; ! be brief; ! be seated. ! Franklin D. Roosevelt
  3. 3. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; ! courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.! Winston Churchill
  4. 4. Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.! Michael H Mescon
  5. 5. Find out what’s keeping them up nights and offer hope. Your theme must be an answer to their fears.! Gerald C Myers
  6. 6. Grasp the subject, ! the words will follow.! Cato The Elder
  7. 7. Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.! Dorothy Sarnoff
  8. 8. It’s quite simple. Say what you have to say and when you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending, sit down.! Winston Churchill
  9. 9. Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.! Oliver Wendell Holmes
  10. 10. It’s not how strongly you feel about your topic, it’s how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak.! Tim Salladay
  11. 11. 99% of the population is afraid of public speaking, and of the remaining 1%, 99% of them have nothing original and interesting to say.! Jarod Kintz
  12. 12. In presentations or speeches less really is more.! Stephen Keague
  13. 13. A wise man speaks because he has something to say; ! a fool because he has to say something.! Plato
  14. 14. You are responsible to your audience, not for your audience.! Bill Gove
  15. 15. Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.! A. Owen
  16. 16. ! ! ! !Be skillful in speech, ! ! ! ! !that you may be strong.! Merikare
  17. 17. When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.! Cicero
  18. 18. The finest language is mostly made up of simple, unimposing words.! George Eliot
  19. 19. Speeches measured by the hour die with the hour.! Thomas Jefferson
  20. 20. Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.! Claudius
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. No one ever complains about a speech being too short!! Ira Hayes
  23. 23. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very. Otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.! C.S. Lewis
  24. 24. In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.! Aristotle
  25. 25. Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener. The latter must prepare to receive it according to the motion it takes.! Michel de Montaigne
  26. 26. In public speaking, we must appeal either to the prejudices of others, or to the love of truth and justice. If we think merely of displaying our own ability, we shall ruin every cause we undertake.! William Hazlitt
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