Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

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

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 220) – William Zinsser

“Who can understand the clotted language of everyday American commerce: the memo, the corporate report, the business letter, the notice from the bank explaining its latest “simplified” statement? What member of an insurance plan can decipher the brochure explaining the … Continue reading

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Stan Grant’s Speech on Racism in Australia

Stan Grant, an indigenous Australian journalist, gave a speech in October 2015 at a debate on racism in Australia. The video of that speech has been released and it has gone viral. Several people are touting it as the Australian … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 219) – Tony Robbins

“Give more to your audience than they have any right to expect.” — Tony Robbins Photo courtesy of Brian Solis / Flickr

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Toastmasters’ Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 218) – Alan Rickman

“It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller.” — Alan Rickman

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A Lesson from David Bowie’s Final Album

Participation is a fundamental aspect of my workshops with corporations and organizations. If you are going to attend my workshops, you are going to speak.  Often. There is no escape. I also get people to participate in the lectures that … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 217) – Walt Disney

“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it better.” — Walt Disney

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Powerful “Stories of Unlimited”

This morning, I was rereading the chapter on storytelling in one of my favourite books, Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Health. (To see the seven-part series that I wrote on the book, you can find all the posts here.) Our … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 216) – Eleanor Roosevelt

“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 … Continue reading

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My Podcast Interview on “Time to Shine”

Time to Shine is a podcast hosted by Oscar Santolalla, who speaks to the world from Helsinki, Finland. As of the writing of this post, Oscar has interviewed over 50 successful public speakers who share their experiences and insights into the world … Continue reading

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