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300 Best Impromptu Speech Quotes: Public Speaking (2023)

1. “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.


2. “The most important things in life aren't things.” -­ Anthony J. D'Angelo


3. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes


4. “I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics.” – Barack Obama


5. “The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.” – Lois McMaster Bujold


6. “It’s alright to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.” Rob Gilbert.


7. “Communication works for those who work at it.”


8. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”


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


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


11. “Woman is woman’s natural ally.” – Euripides


12. “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”


13. “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


14. “If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.”


15. “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”


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


17. “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.”


18. “Find out what’s keeping them up nights and offer hope. Your theme must be an answer to their fears. ” – Gerald C Myers


19. “The more you do speak from the heart, rather than thumping the agenda, people will listen or relate or open themselves up more.” Drew Barrymore.


20. “The world is waiting for your words.”


21. “If you can’t state your position in eight words, you don’t have a position. “


22. “Every speaker has a mouth, an arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom, sometimes it’s filled with feet.”


23. “To communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world, and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”


24. “The more strikingly visual your presentation is, the more people will remember it. And more importantly, they will remember you. ”


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


26. “It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.”


27. “When I meet a man I ask myself, ‘Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?’ – Rita Rudner


28. “Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it: To Whom It May Concern. ” – Ken Haemer


29. Decide on the tone


30. “I have not failed. I’ve simply discovered 10,000 ways that don’t work.”


31. “Grasp the subject, the words will follow.”


32. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”


33. “If God is in the details, then the Devil is in PowerPoint.”


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


35. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” Jim Rohn.


36. “The best speeches come from the heart and reflect your passion. Speak as if your life depended on it. ”


37. “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” – Oscar Wilde


38. Storytelling


39. “College isn’t the place to go for ideas.” – Helen Keller


40. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” – Winston Churchill


41. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. ”


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


43. “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. ”


44. Dishes up winning flavours


45. “The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. ”


46. “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” – Samuel Johnson


47. “There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.” – Malcom Gladwell


48. “If you wing it when speaking, you’ll get wing it results.”


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


50. “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.”


51. “The way something is presented will define the way you react to it.”


52. “A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. ”


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


54. “What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” -Jim Beggs


55. “Find out what’s keeping them up nights and offer hope. Your theme must be an answer to their fears. ”


56. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, and to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill.


57. “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops… until you stand up to speak in public.” George Jessel.


58. “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.”


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


60. “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” – Somers White


61. “Always give a speech that you would like to hear. ”


62. “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” – Dale Carnegie


63. “Words do two major things: they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.”


64. “If you don’t use stories audience members may enjoy your speech, but there is no chance they’ll remember it.”


65. “Creative thinking is merely intelligent plagiarism.”


66. “When speaking in public, your message – no matter how important – will not be effective or memorable if you don’t have a clear structure.” Patricia Fripp.


67. “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?” – James Thurber


68. “Always do sober what you say you’ll do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway


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


70. “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.”


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


72. “Thank you to every American who hasn’t sued me so far.” – Sacha Baron Cohen


73. “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.”


74. “Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.”


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


76. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”


77. “The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”


78. “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.”


79. “If you’re not comfortable with public speaking – and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable – practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust.” Hilary Clinton.


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


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


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


83. “Always give a speech that you would like to hear. ” – Andrii Sedniev


84. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”


85. Diplomatic framework


86. “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” – Oprah Winfrey


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


88. “The most precious things in speech are pauses. ”


89. “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.


90. “A presentation is a chance to share, not an oral exam. ” – M. F. Fensholt


91. “Be sincere, be brief, be seated.” Franklin Roosevelt.


92. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”


93. “We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.” – Lynn Hall


94. “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. ”


95. “Speeches measured by the hour die with the hour”


96. “Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.”


97. “So much is said with the electricity of the eyes, the intensity of a whisper. Less is more. ”


98. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln


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


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


101. “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. ”


102. “A designer knows he or she has achieved perfection, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”


103. “Getting what you want is not nearly as important as giving what you have.” ‐Tom Krause


104. “Your ability to communicate with others will account for fully 85% of your success in your business and in your life.” Brian Tracy.


105. “Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.


106. “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau


107. “Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”


108. “A talk is a voyage with purpose and it must be charted. The man who starts out going nowhere, generally gets there.” Dale Carnegie.


109. “Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.” Guy Kawasaki.


110. “The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”


111. “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.”


112. “My best advice is to not start in PowerPoint. Presentation tools force you to think through information linearly, and you really need to start by thinking of the whole instead of the individual lines. ” – Nancy Duarte


113. “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”


114. “There is no such thing as presentation talent, it is called presentation skills”


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


116. “No question, 2006 was a lousy year for Iraq.” – Pres. George W. Bush


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


118. “Begin with the end in mind.” Dr Stephen R. Covey.


119. “One man with courage makes a majority.” -­ Andrew Jackson


120. “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


121. “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”


122. “Light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.” Albert Einstein.


123. “If you're not comfortable with public speaking - and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable - practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust.”


124. “The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.”


125. “Your smile is a messenger of your goodwill.”


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


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


128. “Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.” – Joseph Chatfield


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


130. “Words have incredible power.


131. “Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”


132. “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”


133. “The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say ‘Me too!’ versus ‘So what?'”


134. “I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.” – Wilson Mizner


135. “Always give a speech that you would like to hear.”


136. “The more laws, the less justice.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero


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


138. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


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


140. “Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak. ”


141. “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.” -Marcus T. Cicero


142. “Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”


143. “Picture yourself in a living room having a chat with your friends. You would be relaxed and comfortable talking to them, the same applies when public speaking.” Richard Branson.


144. “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” - James Dean


145. “If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.”


146. “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”


147. “The more things change, the more they remain… insane.” – Michael Fry and T. Lewis


148. “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


149. “That depends on the length of the speech,” answered the President. “If it is a ten-minute speech it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”


150. “The problem with speeches isn’t so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.”


151. “What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”


152. “Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it: To Whom It May Concern.”


153. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce


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


155. “You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged.” Seth Godin.


156. “In presentations or speeches less really is more.”


157. “Words do two major things: they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” Jim Rohn.


158. “To communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world, and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Tony Robbins.


159. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. ”


160. “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.”


161. “Communication works for those who work at it.” John Powell.


162. “Speech is power. Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.”


163. “The fear of public speaking is the fear of being judged.” – Brené Brown


164. “Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.” -Anonymous


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


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


167. “Think about the impromptu speech as a game. Your attitude will change your frame of mind and instead of concentrating on the difficulty of finding the right words, your brain will deliver the perfect answer.”


168. “You don’t have to change who you are, you have to become more of who you are. ” – Sally Hogshead


169. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney


170. “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” William Butler Yeats.


171. “If something comes from your heart, it will reach the heart of your audience.”


172. “All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it… it doesn’t matter where your hands are.”


173. “Make sure you have stopped speaking before your audience has stopped listening.”


174. “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.” Dale Carnegie.


175. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ”


176. “Speeches measured by the hour die with the hour.” Thomas Jefferson.


177. “The setup is where the pattern is established and everything goes in the same direction. The punch line is where a train of thought is derailed from a pattern and people laugh.”


178. “If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready today. If you want me to speak for just a few minutes, it will take me a few weeks to prepare.” Mark Twain.


179. “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. ”


180. “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like cuttlefish squirting out ink. ”


181. Make some quick notes


182. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein.


183. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”


184. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol


185. “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform. ” – Somers White


186. “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”


187. “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


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


189. “Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.” – Norman Douglas


190. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”


191. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”


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


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


194. “The most precious things in speech are the... pauses.”


195. “If you’re not comfortable with public speaking – and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable – practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust. ”


196. “The more strikingly visual your presentation is, the more people will remember it. And more importantly, they will remember you.”


197. “The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter–’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. ”


198. “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Mark Twain.


199. “Make sure you have stopped speaking before your audience has stopped listening. ”


200. “Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.” – L.L. Henderson


201. “Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark than can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you it is born deep within you.”


202. “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” Somers White.


203. “In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.” – Samuel Johnson


204. “Humans are completely incapable of reading and comprehending text on a screen and listening to a speaker at the same time. Therefore, lots of text (almost any text!), and long, complete sentences are bad, Bad, BAD. ” – Garr Reynolds


205. “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.”


206. “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”


207. “I do not speak of what I cannot praise.”


208. “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem


209. “Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.” – Rita Rudner


210. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay


211. “Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.” -Dionysius Of Halicarnassus


212. “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident. ” – Dale Carnegie


213. “The problem with speeches isn’t so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.” Frances Rodman.


214. “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”


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


216. “Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.” Dr. Mardy Grothe.


217. “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.” – Oscar Wilde


218. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain


219. “That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.” – Aldous Huxley


220. “There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.”


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


222. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Benjamin Disareli


223. “It’s the space you put between the notes that make the music.” Massimo Vignelli.


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


225. “The problem with speeches isn’t so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.” – Frances Rodman


226. “A talk is a voyage with purpose and it must be charted. The man who starts out going nowhere, generally gets there.”


227. “To sway an audience, you must watch them as you speak. ”


228. “A presentation is a chance to share, not an oral exam.”


229. “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform. ”


230. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein


231. “Eloquence is the essential thing in a speech, not information. ”


232. “Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”


233. “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


234. “All speaking is public speaking, whether it’s to one person or a thousand.” Roger Love.


235. “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.”


236. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


237. “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. ”


238. “The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say ‘Me too!’ versus ‘So what?” Jim Rohn.


239. “All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it… it doesn’t matter where your hands are. ”


240. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, and to sit down and listen.”


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


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


243. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”


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


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


246. The 5 Ws


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


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


249. “I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.” – Dorothy Parker


250. “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”


251. “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde


252. “Picture yourself in a living room having a chat with your friends. You would be relaxed and comfortable talking to them, the same applies when public speaking. ” – Richard Branson


253. “Speak clearly, if you speak at all. Carve every word before you let it fall. ”


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


255. “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”


256. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”


257. Have a friend or a family member give you a random quote. Then you attempt to deliver an impromptu speech on that quote. Do this exercise as much as possible before the competition. I’d recommend at least five times a day before the competition, depending upon how much time you have before the competition. This will help build what I like to call “Public Speaking Muscle Memory. ” So during the c… (more)


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


259. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs


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


261. “Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything. ”


262. “It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.” – Marquis de Vauvenargues


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


264. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”


265. “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means of going backwards.” – Aldous Huxley


266. “The most precious things in speech are pauses.” – Sir Ralph Richardson


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


268. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”


269. “Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.”


270. “To sway an audience, you must watch them as you speak.” C. Kent Wright.


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


272. “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.”


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


274. “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” - John Wooden


275. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” - Michael Jordan


276. “Find out what’s keeping them up nights and offer hope. Your theme must be an answer to their fears.”


277. “It’s much easier to be convincing if you care about your topic. Figure out what’s important to you about your message and speak from the heart”


278. “Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.” – George Santayana


279. “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.” Dale Carnegie.


280. “Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.”


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


282. “The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” – Einstein


283. “There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills. ” – Shiv Kera


284. “The best speeches come from the heart and reflect your passion. Speak as if your life depended on it.” Rave Robinson.


285. “If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.”


286. “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.”


287. “The energy level of the audience is the same as the speaker’s. For better...or for worse.”


288. “Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.” – George Bernard Shaw


289. “Be sincere, be brief, be seated. ”


290. “If it scares you it may be a good thing to try.” Seth Godin.


291. “If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.” Dennis Roth.


292. “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. ”


293. “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.”


294. “The best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you are talking about.”


295. “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”


296. “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


297. “To sway an audience, you must watch them as you speak.”


298. “Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.” – Oscar Wilde


299. “You, however, will know that this magic consists of 3 words: details, dialogue and conflict.”


300. “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”


301. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”


302. “It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.”


303. “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour. ”


304. “The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say ‘Me too!’ versus ‘So what?’” – Jim Rohn


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


306. “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”


307. “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.

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