Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 293) – Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton – American Politician and Diplomat

“If you’re not comfortable with public speaking—and nobody starts out comfortableyou have to learn how to be comfortable. Practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust.”

— Hillary Clinton

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6 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 293) – Hillary Clinton

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  2. Katie says:

    Practice, practice!
    Toastmasters offers you both the trust and comfort place to do just that!
    I continue to love your posts and success John … from Danforth-Pape Toastmasters Toronto Canada!

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thank you, Katie! I lived in Toronto for many years (UofT and then work on Bay Street) and was just there less than a month ago visiting family. I love the Danforth. Greek Town is great and I have a good friend who is a famous cashier at The Big Carrot.

      A while back I read an article about Toastmasters and why people should NOT go. In response, I wrote this post. While one can raise justifiable criticism of Toastmasters for certain things — just like any other organization — it is a great place to get practice, especially for those who are just starting out. I tell young speakers to use it as a laboratory and try things out and see what works.

      Best of success with your speaking journey!

  3. Practice is an obvious one, but I usually don’t focus on becoming more comfortable. That comes with time, or it doesn’t, but what people can work on is channeling their nervous energy. Long before people get comfortable in front of an audience they arrive at a point where they can respond positively to the stress of it.

    • John Zimmer says:

      It’s an astute comment, Daniel. I believe that what Clinton meant is that you become (more) comfortable by focusing on the practice aspect rather than the comfort aspect, but the nerves never go away entirely, especially for important speeches or presentations. Like you say, you need to be able to respond positively to the nerves: channel them; dance with them.

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