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.
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.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
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.
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest
If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.
You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
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 talk is a voyage. It must be charted. The speaker who starts nowhere, usually gets there.
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 usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
A lot of people think that public speaking means that you are standing at a podium giving a speech, but public speaking comes in lots of different formats.
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.
To be a person is to have a story to tell.
A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
Public speaking professionals say that you win or lose the battle to hold your audience in the first 30 seconds of a given presentation.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
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