Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

International keynote speaker, presentation skills trainer and public speaking coach.

A phrase to avoid on stage

Actually, it’s several phrases, but they all amount to the same thing. Over the years, I have worked with many students in MBA and Executive MBA programmes across Europe. In one of my classes a couple of years ago, a … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 205) – John Steinbeck

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck in East of Eden

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How to deal with mobile devices when you are on stage

Let’s be honest. There have been times when you checked your smartphone while sitting in the audience during a presentation. Maybe you were waiting for a message; maybe you were checking up on an important matter; maybe you just wanted to check … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 204) – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

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Three Life Practices from a Four-Star General

Three life practices from the military, courtesy of Stanley McChrystal, a retired United States Army General. Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has described him as “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I (have) ever met”. Continue reading

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