Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 50)

Are we up to 50 quotes already? I cannot believe how time flies.

When I began this series, I decided to limit the quotes to those that were directly related to public speaking (as opposed to quotes on general topics that are often used in a speech). Soon afterwards, I began to wonder whether I would run out of material. I needn’t have worried. There is plenty out there.

The other day, however, my daughter Kristen suggested that I post a quote of my own. “You’ve got good ideas, Dad,” she said. “You should come up with something original from time to time.”

I was flattered by her confidence in me. “Thanks,” I responded. “Maybe I will.”

“Good,” she said, as she headed out the door. “Just don’t write anything cheesy!”

Thanks, Kristen.

Well, given that this is the 50th quote, I have taken up the challenge. My humble contribution is below. And I will post others in the future. (Unless they’re too cheesy.)

John Zimmer (1962 to Present) Canadian Lawyer, Public Speaker and Writer of the Blog, "Manner of Speaking"

“Bullets on a presentation slide are too often like bullets in a gun — deadly for those on the receiving end.” – John Zimmer


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4 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 50)

  1. Bertrand Völckers says:

    According to Marshall Roesenberg (founder of “non-violent communication”) giraffes are the land animals with the biggest heart, therefore he has chosen the giraffe as the symbol for someone who connects to others by listening to the heart. John, you seem to be good friends with them, you might even be part of the group.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Bernard. Thanks for passing that along! I had not heard it before. Not sure how big my heart is, but I do like giraffes! Perhaps a leftover from a former life? Thanks again!


  2. Faisal says:

    Great quote for presenters, John, and your daughter is very right. You really have great ideas. One way or another, you have inspired a lot of presenters around the world. It’s amazing when I hear my fellow toastmasters asking me whether I have seen on YouTube the Toastmaster who evaluates his wife’s argument. I tell them Yes! He is one of the best around.

    As for running out of ideas, I don’t think you will.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Faisal, thanks for the very kind words of encouragement. They are a great boost. And thanks also for the idea about Churchill’s famous speech 70 years ago. I took your suggestion and turned it into a post. Have a look.



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