Memorable Quotes on Presentation and Public Speaking

Posted on May 22, 2016 in Public Speaking by Slideshop | Tagged: , , , , ,

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Every presenter needs a touch of inspiration now and then. That’s why we’ve created a fully editable Slideshare presentation that features meaningful quotes on different aspects of public speaking and presenting. We hope they inspire you toward more confident, more effective presenting.

After the end of the presentation, there’s an additional list of memorable quotes – just in case you need an even stronger dose of inspiration!


 Clarity of Message

  • “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” ~ Dianna Booher
  • “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hoffman
  • “The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.” ~ Lilly Walters
  • “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” ~ William Butler Yeats
  • “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” ~ Mark Twain

On Presentation Design

  • “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” ~ Charles Eame
  • “People ignore design that ignores people.” ~ Frank Chimero
  • “Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” ~ Jeffrey Zeldman
  • “Design is so simple. That’s why it is so complicated.” ~ Paul Rand
  • “Design is the search for a magical balance between business and art; art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and detail; playfulness and formality; client and designer; designer and printer; and printer and public.” ~ Valerie Pettis

On Preparation

  • “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
  • “The better you’re prepared, the better chance you’ll have at staying on top of everything that is coming your way.” ~  Colin Adams
  • “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  • “Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will be being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: ‘Are you ready?'” ~ Johnny Carson
  • “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” ~ Confucius

On Storytelling

  • “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” ~ Ira Glas
  • “In this time of ‘information overload’, people do not need more information. They want a story they can relate to.” ~ Maarten Schäfer
  • “We need to look hard at the stories we create, and wrestle with them. Retell and retell them, and work with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom.” ~ Marni Gillard
  • “I truly believe that people are looking for stories that really mean something–stories that are redemptive, inspiring, and bigger than an individual.” ~ Scott Harrison
  • “Humans simply aren’t moved to action by ‘data dumps,’ dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. The best way to emotionally connect other people to our agenda begins with “Once upon a time…” ~ Jonathan Gottschall

On Confidence

  • “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  • “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” ~ T. Harv Eker
  • “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin
  • “The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.” ~ William Jennings Bryan
  • “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

On Body Language

  • “People need realness, reality. People can sense when someone is being pretentious or fake. It’s because you feel it; you see it in someone’s body language.” ~ Afrojack
  • “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Language is a more recent technology. Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking.” ~ Peter Guber
  • “The body never lies.” ~ Martha Graham
  • “I have three tools at my disposal – my whistle, my body language and my talk. It is a question of how I marry them up to try to get the players around to my way of thinking.” ~ Alan Lewis

On Public Speaking Fear / Stage Fright

  • “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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
  • “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” ~ Japanese Proverb
  • “There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you. Leave it there.” ~ Donna Favors
  • “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie

On Sense of Humor

  • “A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.” ~ Barbara Walters
  • “Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.” ~ Herbert Gardner
  • “Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.” ~ Mary Hirsch
  • “In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.” ~ George Herbert
  • “One of the best-kept secrets of a sense of humor is to listen, because everyone has a different idea of what’s funny.” ~ Mitch Thrower

On Persuasion

  • “Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
  • “That which we do not believe, we cannot adequately say; even though we may repeat the words ever so often.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “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
  • “If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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