Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 318) – Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan said that the fundamental rule of public speaking is to use normal, everyday words

Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) American Actor and 4oth President of the United States

“I learned [during my time as a radio broadcaster] the fundamental rule of public speaking. Whether on the radio, on television or to a live crowd, talk to your audience, not over their heads or through them. Just use normal everyday words. I have never lost that vision of the fellows in the barbershop sitting around and listening to the radio.

— Ronald Reagan


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2 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 318) – Ronald Reagan

  1. Reagan got that right alright! “Just use normal everyday words.” Absolutely! And here are 3 concrete ways you can do that in any speech.

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