Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 191) – Fawzia Koofi

Fawzia Koofi (فوزیه کوفی‎) – Afghan Politician and Women’s Rights Activist

“If something comes from your heart, it will reach the heart of your audience.”

— فوزیه کوفی (Fawzia Koofi)

Photo courtesy of TEDx Place des Nations / Flickr

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9 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 191) – Fawzia Koofi

  1. Jack Vincent says:

    Thanks, John! “If you want them to believe it, you gotta’ love it.” A Sale Is A Love Affair…

    • John Zimmer says:

      That’s right, Jack. If speakers don’t look and sound like they believe it, the chances that I will believe it are significantly diminished.


  2. Conor Neill says:

    It will … but it might take a few practice attempts before your passion comes across in a way that allows the audience to understand that this is not just “idealism”!

    • John Zimmer says:

      True. On the other hand, a speaker can become too rehearsed and then the speech sounds too smooth or even robotic. The trick is to find the right balance and it is different for each person. I have heard some great speeches by relatively inexperienced speakers. They were great because the speaker just shared a message and didn’t worry about striving for perfection. “The Moth” is a great place to hear speeches by people just standing up there and speaking from their hearts.

      Thanks for the comment, Conor!


  3. chris says:

    Well put, well sourced, John. The heart in a speech trumps the smart, clever and pompous.
    Thus anyone with just the confidence to try, can move an audience. How often do we see a pure and honest message come from a child?

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks, Chris. Fawzia Koofi’s TEDx Talk was just that … full of heart. It was very moving and she deservedly received a standing ovation at the end.


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