Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer

Some “very” good advice

Mark Twain once gave the following advice to writers: Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. American novelist and columnist Florence King was … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 248) – Elbert Hubbard

“To escape criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

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Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech

Yesterday, 10 January 2017, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. It is the end of an era. Obama brought intelligence, dignity and character to the White House. As the first black President, Obama broke a barrier that seemed impenetrable … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2017 (and a new book!)

I want to wish all readers Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 is a happy, healthy and successful one for you and for those whom you hold dear. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you might … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 247) – Mark Twain

“Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” — Mark Twain

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