Category Archives: Humour

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 183) – Winston Churchill

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 159) – Unknown

“A good speech is like a beautiful dress: long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting.” — Source unknown; often attributed to Winston Churchill Photo courtesy of igorjan / Flickr

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12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

I just finished watching, for the second time, Comedian, a terrific documentary about the efforts of Jerry Seinfeld to get back into stand-up comedy after a decade of starring in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 138) – George Eliot

“The finest language is mostly made up of simple, unimposing words.” — George Eliot

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Great Souvenir (and Excuse) from a Presidential Speech

Here’s a great story. Eleven-year-old Tyler Sullivan from Minnesota skipped school last week to go with his father to see President Obama deliver a speech at a local plant. After the speech, Tyler met Obama. The President realized that Tyler was … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 128) – Author Unknown

His speeches to an hourglass, Do some resemblance show, Because the longer time they run, The shallower they grow. – Author Unknown Photo courtesy of Michael Himbault / Riebart on Flickr

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 118)

“Some people have a way with words and other people … uh … not have way.” — Steve Martin Photo courtesy of Joella Marano

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Every Presentation Ever?

Here’s a clever video that rings true on many levels. And, as is so often the case with humour, there are lessons to be learned. See how many you can spot. Enjoy! For some great insights into what we can … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112) – Winston Churchill

“He is one of those orators of whom it is well said, ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 107)

“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” — John Ford

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