Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 93) – Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood – American Film Director and Actor

“You can tell any story 20 different ways. The trick is to pick one and go with it.” — Clint Eastwood

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5 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 93) – Clint Eastwood

  1. robadelphia says:

    Hey John,

    Clint has delivered some of the all time greatest lines in cinema (imho).

    How much of the delivery was aided by his steely cold blue eyes? Which played the bigger role: His look? The words? Interested in your take.


    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Rob,

      Clint Eastwood, in my view, has gotten better with age in his films. I think that directing has given him an additional perspective as to what makes a scene or a line great. It’s hard to dissect his greatest lines in terms of what made them great, but there is no doubt that the words and his look contributed to the effect. I also think that his silence (in terms of pauses) had a lot to do with it. As I have said in many posts, pausing is one of the most important things that a speaker can do.



      • robadelphia says:

        Excellent point on the pausing. I think that lines can trump the look if a speaker has delivery chops to any extent. Camera angles and shots hasn’t been mentioned, but that also plays a huge part. Especially in some of the cowboy flicks he was in.

        Cheers my friend!

  2. Nice one. I wouldn’t have thought of Clint Eastwood for that kind of quote.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks, Rob. It is a great quote. I make a special effort to find quotes that are relevant to public speaking and yet were not necessarily made with public speaking in mind. As for Clint Eastwood, while he certainly did some classic work in his younger days, I think that his best stuff has come at the tail end of his career.



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