Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 89) – Robert Orben

Robert Orben on commencement speakers

Robert Orben – American Magician, Author and Comedy Writer

“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.” — Robert Orben


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3 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 89) – Robert Orben

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  2. Gaëlle says:

    Dear John,

    Your quote “tombe à pic” as we say in French. Last night I watched a speech from J.K. Rowling that she gave in 2008 at Harvard commencement.

    I find her speech from the content side very strong and from the Toastmasters point of view the improving comments would be: read less, move more and increase the eye contact with the audience in order to involve them even more. However the message is so clear and strong why should she emphasize it even more?

    Kind regards

    • John Zimmer says:

      Merci beaucoup, Gaëlle. Comme on dit en anglais, “timing is everything”. I will be sure to watch Rowling’s address when I have a moment. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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