Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

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

Toronto in solidarity with Paris

My daughter Kristen was moved to draw this after the terrible events in Paris.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 212) – William Butler Yeats

“Think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.” — William Butler Yeats

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Lose the jargon

One of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is The Good Life Project hosted by Jonathan Fields. The Good Life Project is “a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 211) – Demosthenes

“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.” — Demosthenes Photo courtesy of Sting / Wikimedia Commons

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An important lesson from an unbelievable baseball game

As I begin this post, my body is in Geneva, Switzerland. My mind is in Warsaw, Poland as I am about to board a flight to speak at an event there. But my heart is in Toronto, Canada. I returned … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 210) – Bruce Lee

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go … Continue reading

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Analysis of a speech by Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist who has spent a lot of time thinking about and studying happiness. He is the author of Stumbling on Happiness. The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Gilbert’s elbow-in-the-ribs social-science humor is actually funny. … But underneath the … Continue reading

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Public speaking for success: An Interview

Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss online bank that provides trading services, particularly in the foreign exchange marketplace. One of its subsidiaries, Dukascopy TV, broadcasts shows on business matters. Last year, I did an interview with Dukascopy on public speaking, and they recently invited me back for … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 209) – G. K. Chesterton

“A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.” — G. K. Chesterton

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How I became an international public speaker

Recently, I was interviewed by Monique Blokzyl on her monthly community call, mySpeakerBusiness. I very much enjoyed our discussion. Monique is passionate about helping people who want to become professional speakers get a start. She has interviewed dozens of people … Continue reading

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