Author Archives: John Zimmer

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.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 178) – Ancient Egypt

“Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand.” — Inscription found in a 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb Photo courtesy of Flickr / Sam and Ian

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“Speaking Bad”: Eight Tips from “Breaking Bad”

My daughter Alex had been raving about Breaking Bad for months. “Dad, you have to watch this show; it’s the best series I’ve ever seen,” she kept telling me. These days, I watch very little television—one evening a week at most—and … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 177) – Frédéric Chopin

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” — Frédéric Chopin

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Is PowerPoint a good thing or a bad thing?

I am proud to be part of a great team that gets to spend one week a year with the dynamic, motivated and clever students in the IESE Executive MBA Programme. We help them hone their public speaking skills so … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 176) – Dale Carnegie

“Live an active life among people who are doing worthwhile things, keep eyes and ears and mind and heart open to absorb truth, and then tell of the things you know, as if you know them. The world will listen, … Continue reading

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My TEDx Talk

It was an honour to be invited to speak at the 2014 TEDx Lausanne. The members of the organizing committee were professional, hard-working and enthusiastic. The other speakers were passionate and supportive. The audience was amazing! Here’s my talk:

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