A Collection of Quotes for Presentation Skills Training

We’ve put together a collection of our favourite quotes about public speaking. Presentation skills training from the ancient Greeks, contemporary comedians and literary greats – you can’t go wrong!
 
Public Speaking Fear
 
“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.” – Jerry Seinfield
 
"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops, until you stand up to speak in public." – George Jessel
 
“The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all.” – Mignon McLaughlin
 
“Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.” – Andre Dubus
 
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain
 
That’s Life!
 
“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
 
“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 
“Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.” – Sophocles
 
"Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand." – Inscription found in a 3,000 year-old Egyptian Tomb
 
Perfect Preparation
 
“If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” – Harvey Diamond
 
“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"-Wayne Burgraff
 
“Grasp the subject, the words will follow.” – Cato The Elder
 
 “In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.” – Aristotle
 
“Good communications, written or oral, begins with an understanding of the audience.  If you can get inside their heads, you can find a way to connect.” – Debra Bennetts
 
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending."– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
Motivational
 
“A stammering man is never a worthless one.  Physiology can tell you why.  It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature that makes him stammer.” -Thomas Carlyle
 
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.”- Ralph Nader
 
“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Dorothea Brande
 
"All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it… it doesn't matter where your hands are."- Lou Holtz
 
“Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
 
“You do not need to be the best; you need to be the best you can be.” – Ian Price (Presentation Skills Training at Business Training Direct)

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