Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 263) – Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister, Historian and Orator

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.”

— Sir Winston Churchill


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International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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2 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 263) – Winston Churchill

  1. It would be nice to see oratory making a comeback as an art form, being progressed with new knowledge & science. Today, in the era of storytelling, and being conversational while speaking, and giving a talk rather than a speech, the persuasive power of oratory has increasingly become a niche secret. Let’s hope that changes–sooner rather than later. Thanks for posting.


    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Rashid. It is indeed interesting to see the shift in speaking style to a more conversational one. I have a very conversational style myself, but I still value good oratory. Fortunately, I got lots of practice in the latter as a lawyer who frequently went to court when I was practising law in Canada. Each style has its place and those who can master both (and know when to use one over the other) can have a profound impact.


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