Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 67)

Gerald Ford (1913 - 2006) 38th President of the United States

“I gave a speech in Omaha. After the speech I went to a reception elsewhere in town. A sweet old lady came up to me, put her gloved hand in mine, and said, ‘I heard you spoke here tonight.’ ‘Oh, it was nothing,’ I replied modestly. ‘Yes,’ the little old lady nodded, ‘that’s what I heard.’”

– Gerald R. Ford


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3 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 67)

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  2. Jack Vincent says:

    I love that self-deprecating approach, John. If you have a certain level of credibility, it only adds to your image of being humorous AND secure, which can then validate a lot of other things you might be saying.

    It reminds me of Warren Buffett’s zinger: “I wear expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks, Jack. You hit the nail on the head about being secure. People who can poke fun at themselves are usually more grounded, more stable and more dependable than average. (And I love the Buffet quote.)


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