Public Speaking Quotes

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

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

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

Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.
- Joseph Chatfield

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

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

Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything.
- Herbert Gardner

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

If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.
- Harvey Diamond

Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you're talking about.
- Michael H Mescon

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

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

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

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

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

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
- Cato The Elder

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

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

It's not how strongly you feel about your topic, it's how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak.
- Tim Salladay

The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin.
- Frances Rodman

Words have incredible power.
They can make people's hearts soar,
or they can make people's hearts sore.
-Dr. Mardy Grothe

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

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
- Mark Twain

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