Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 181) – Veda Upanishads


“It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand.”

— Veda Upanishads

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
This entry was posted in Quotes for Public Speakers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 181) – Veda Upanishads

  1. I want a speaker for a lecture on Upanishads in Panaji Goa. Please furnish details.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Libia. I would need more details. What is the event? When will it be held? Things like that. Also, unfortunately, I am not an expert on the Upanishads but I might know someone who can help.

  2. Pingback: Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 181) – Ve...

  3. chris says:

    So true John. This resonated with me especially well as I am due to give an evaluation of a top speaker who, as I understand it, is doing a manual of speeches that require her to recite pieces. She has tremendous skills in all areas and could well be a competent actor, but at times I am distracted by the precision and almost contrived performance and cannot see her or the authenticity of how the material effects her.

    Many bands do cover versions of songs and actors do Shakespeare, but the ones that stand out are those that manage to make the material bring out the essence of who they are through their authentic self. “It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand.”

    I’ll let you know how the evaluation is received.

    Cheers and thank for your authentic newsletter.


    • John Zimmer says:

      Hey, Chris. Thanks very much for the comment. More and more, I find myself telling people that the audience does not expect you to be perfect; the audience expects you to be present. Clearly, speeches should be rehearsed, but not to the point where they become so polished that it washes away the humanity, the authenticity of the speaker. I look forward to the report on your evaluation. Good luck!


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.