Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.
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 doing the eulogy.
Good public speaking is based on good private thinking
Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.
All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
History has repeatedly been changed by people who had the desire and the ability to transfer their convictions and emotions to their listeners.
An effective speaker knows that the success or failure of his talk is not for him to decide - it will be decided in the minds and hearts of his hearers.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.
If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.
A talk is a voyage. It must be charted. The speaker who starts nowhere, usually gets there.
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest
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.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Public Speaking is a skill that can be studied, polished, perfected. Not only can you get good at it, you can get damn good at it and it makes a heck of a difference.
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
It is a point that I repeat over and over again in teaching public speaking. It is not so much what you say as it is the tone and manner in which you say it that makes a lasting impression.
A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Public speaking professionals say that you win or lose the battle to hold your audience in the first 30 seconds of a given presentation.
My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
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