Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 176) – Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) American Writer and Lecturer

“Live an active life among people who are doing worthwhile things, keep eyes and ears and mind and heart open to absorb truth, and then tell of the things you know, as if you know them. The world will listen, for the world loves nothing so much as real life.”

— Dale Carnegie


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6 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 176) – Dale Carnegie

  1. Katharina Vogeli says:

    Thank you, John, for your always inspiring blog posts.

    Do you know whether there are any Toastmaster adepts in Kinshasa, DRC? We’ve been discussing amongst some internationals here that it would be fun to meet up and practice.

    Thank you for any information you might have and best regards from the beautiful shores of the great Fleuve Congo!


    Sent from my iPad

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Katharina,

      Thanks for the comment and support for the blog! I had a look on the Toastmasters Site for a club in the DRC, but there do not appear to be any. Neither do there appear to be any clubs across the river in the Republic of the Congo. I did some more digging and found this post about a club that held its first meeting in Brazzaville in September 2013. If it is not listed on the Toastmasters site, it means that the club either ceased to exist or is not yet chartered and thus not officially on the Toastmasters books. Still, it might be a lead for you.

      Even if there is no club, there is no reason why you cannot start one. Toastmasters would be thrilled to have a club in the DRC. You should send them an email and see what suggestions / offers of help they have.

      Je te souhaite une excellente journée au bord du Fleuve Congo et j’espère visiter “Kin” dans le futur!


  2. harryarp says:

    “…then tell of the things you know, as if you know them.” (?)

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Harry. That part gave me pause as well when I first read it. I checked several other sources and that is the quote. After thinking about it for a bit, I came to the conclusion that Carnegie did not mean “fake it” but rather “speak from the heart / put some feeling into it”. Perhaps I am wrong, but as I said in my first post of the series, my plan was to post the quotes without comment and let people interpret them as they wish.

      Thanks for the comment.


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