A Page of Quotes

Quotes are wonderful sources of lucidity and inspiration. Here you will find some of the best I’ve stumbled across over the years and a couple I have said so many times myself that they’ve become quotes in their own right. Read, ponder and enjoy.

“A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something.”
Plato

“It is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”
Mark Twain

“There is no such thing as presentation talent, it is called Presentation Skills”
David JP Phillips

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

“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

“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

“No one can remember more than three points.”
Philip Crosby

“The audience only pays attention as long as you know where you are going.”
Philip Crosby

“Ask yourself, ‘If I had only sixty seconds on the stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across.”
Jeff Dewar

“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!”
Ira Hayes

“The simplest way to customize is to phone members of the audience in advance and ask them what they expect from your session and why they expect it. Then use their quotes throughout your presentation.”
Alan Pease

“Public speaking is not a talent – it is a skill.”
Unknown

“If the speaker sends a message that the receiver does not understand – then who needs to change?”
Unknown

“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

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

“The little voice in the back of your head will always find something wrong with you. But nobody else can hear that voice.”
Unknown

“The only person who listens to every word of your speech is you.”
Unknown

“Don’t sell what you don’t believe in – we will see through it. If you don’t believe in your message don’t attempt to sell it.”
Unknown

“You must feel what you’re singing, not just have a good presentation of the language.”
Cecilia Bartoli

“The very best financial presentation is one that’s well thought out and anticipates any questions… answering them in advance. ”
Arthur Helps

“We’ve drifted into this presentation mode without realizing the cost to the content and the audience in the process.”
Edward Tufte

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

“He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric, and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and thousands of others are either angry or consoled.”
Pete Hamill

“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

“Top presenters have total control of their fears. They make fear their slave, not the master.”
Doug Malouf

“I never use notes, they interfere with me.”
Ken Blanchard

“The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.”
Lily Walters

“He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.”
William Shakespeare

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

“Of those who say nothing, few are silent.”
Thomas Neiel

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

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”
Martin Farquhar Tupper

“Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.”
A. Owen

“Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk too much.”
John Wayne

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

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
Dorothy Nevill

“The will to win is important. But the will to prepare is vital.”
Joe Paterno

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

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

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.”
Dorothy Sarnoff

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

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”
Sir Winston Churchill

“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

“To create is to lead, leaving others to follow.”

Duncan Phillips