Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 232) – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) 16th President of the United States

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking [about] what they want to hear, and one third thinking about what I want to say.”

— Abraham Lincoln


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4 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 232) – Abraham Lincoln

  1. How to speak/present to a hostile public audience?

    • John Zimmer says:

      Well, that is a tricky question and something that is worthy of its own post. But my biggest piece of advice would be to acknowledge the concerns or opposing views of the audience fairly quickly. It doesn’t mean that you have to agree with them; however, in my experience, acknowledging the concerns of others goes a long way with people. Also, if you don’t acknowledge those concerns, they will almost certainly be raised in the Q&A and it could come across that you were trying to avoid the issue.

  2. Mel Kelly says:

    Thank John. Great golden rule. Ignore this one at your peril!

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