“This Moved Me” Podcast: My Interview with Sally Koering Zimney

Sally Koering Zimney

Sally Koering Zimney

Sally Koering Zimney is a presentation coach, speaker, writer and host of the podcast, This Moved Me. She works with speakers and develops event programs. Sally also speaks to groups of people, helping them share their stories and move their audiences.

You can find out more about Sally, her background and her philosophy when it comes to public speaking on her website.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Sally about public speaking. You can listen to our talk below. You can also read some of Sally’s highlights here.

John Zimmer QuoteIn our free flowing discussion, we touch on a number of topics, including the following:

1. My journey from the law to professional speaking.

2. The value of narrative when it comes to persuasion.

3. Toastmasters and the benefits of having an audience where you can experiment with your public speaking.

4. Your key message and the importance of “Why?”

5. The five “Fs” from your life that audiences love.

To find out more about Sally and the services that she provides, please visit her website. You can also subscribe to her podcast on iTunes for free and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 240) – Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman (1899 - 1981) American Author, Theologian, and Civil Rights Leader

Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981) American Author, Theologian, and Civil Rights Leader

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

— Howard Thurman

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2,000,000 visits!

I have just returned to Geneva from a speaking engagement at the Toastmasters International Convention in Washington, D.C. (More about that in a future post.)

At some point during the eight-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean, this blog hit another milestone: 2,000,000 visits.


I am in awe of this number and so grateful for all of the support. The Manner of Speaking community has grown by leaps and bounds since I wrote the first post in May 2009. Thank you for being a part of it! 

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 239) – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) American Poet, Author, Singer, Dancer and Actress

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) American Poet, Author, Singer, Dancer and Actress

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

— Maya Angelou

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Rhetorical Devices: Syllepsis

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link.


Origin: From the Greek σύλληψις (sillipsis) meaning to take together.

In plain English: When one word–often a verb–is used in two different ways, or applied to two different things.


  • It’s a clever play on words that surprises and thus catches our attention.


  • In its simplest form, syllepsis is a pun.
  • According to Mark Forsyth in The Elements of Eloquence, the advantages of syllepsis are also its failings. “Syllepsis makes the reader astonished and go back to check what the word was and how it’s working now. It’s terribly witty, but it’s terribly witty in a look-at-me-aren’t-I-witty sort of way. There’s a sense in which it’s a cheap thrill.”
  • It is closely related to zeugma.


“Vegetarianism is harmless enough, though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness.”

—  Sir Robert Hutchinson, Address to the British Medical Association, 1930


“It’s a small apartment. I’ve barely enough room to lay my hat and a few friends.”

— Dorothy Parker


Make love, not war.”

— Anti-war slogan associated with the American counter-culture in the 1960s


“She blew my nose and then she blew my mind.”

— The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Woman


“You held your breath and the door for me.”

— Alanis Morissette, Head Over Feet


“You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book and a grip on reality.”

— Margaret Atwood, Rules for WritersThe Guardian, 22 February 2010

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