Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 271) – Timothy Leary

Timothy Leary (1920 – 1996) American Psychologist and Writer

“If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.”

— Timothy Leary

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Break the Internet

In just days, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet. If you are concerned, and do not want your ability to surf the Internet to be held hostage by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), let your voice be heard.

If you live in the United States, call Congress and tell them to stop it. Wherever you live, check out this great site that offers all kinds of ways that you can protest against this decision.

Net neutrality concerns us all. Please play a part in saving it.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 270) – Shiv Kera

Shiv Kera – Indian Author and Activist

“There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.”

— Shiv Kera

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Don’t blow it with your audience

Last week I attended the graduation ceremony for the class of a business school where I teach. The graduates had taken their seats, the audience was settled in, the three-piece orchestra had just finished the last of its pieces. Everything was set.

The Master of Ceremonies approached the microphone. He paused, he smiled, he looked at the audience. Then he leaned towards the microphone … and forcefully blew into it to check if it was working.

The noise was jarring. I saw several people flinch and a few rubbing their ears.

Please don’t do this when you speak. It is annoying and it is unnecessary.

Test the microphone beforehand to make sure that it is on and working properly. Then, when it’s your time to speak, approach the microphone … and start speaking! It’s that simple.

If the microphone is working properly, you are off to a good start. If, in the unlikely even that the microphone is not working, you will know almost immediately. Then you can take the appropriate remedial action.

Speaking with a microphone takes preparation and practice, but it is not rocket science. Take the time to make sure that it is working and that you know how to use it. Your speech will be that much more polished.

Please don’t blow it. Literally and figuratively.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 269) – Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy (1925 – 1968) American Politician and Lawyer

“‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. … Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

— Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy

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