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. 179) – Bill Bernbach

“The truth isn’t the truth until people believe you, and they can’t believe you if they don’t know what you’re saying, and they can’t know what you’re saying if they don’t listen to you, and they won’t listen to you … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Receiving Feedback

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect”. They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. His Squidoo Lens is also … Continue reading

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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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