Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 130) – Alexander Gregg

Alexander Gregg (1819 – 1893) American Clergyman

“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

About John Zimmer

A Canadian now living Switzerland, I am married, with two terrific teenage daughters. I am passionate about public speaking and helping others improve their public speaking and presentation skills.
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5 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 130) – Alexander Gregg

  1. Burton McKinney says:

    I got to thinking about public speaking and our audiences. How often do we speak the language of our audience? And by that I mean, are we speaking to their interests, or are we telling them what we want to say? Imagine if, as public speakers, we took the time to address their specific needs – if we talked directly to their current situation. How engaging would it be if we made the effort to get outside ourselves and focus on what they want to know and hear?

  2. chris daly says:

    Very true John. I like to use the metaphor of a picture. Create a picture, see yourself vividly in that picture or series of images, and through your communication skills transmit the pictures with clarity in the minds of your audience.

    John, the humorous comps are only months away and your youtube posts in this area have inspired me in the past. Can you suggest any others that you feel demonstrate effective comedy skills? Thank you your material and information. This site is most helpful. Cheers Chris

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Chris, many thank for the comment. I like your take on Gregg’s idea. Thanks also for the kind words about my speeches and the blog. One of my favourite Toastmasters humorous speeches was this one by Andy Dooley. There is a lot to be learned from it.

      Best of luck!

      John

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