Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer

Price of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™ reduced

These are difficult times. The coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit the world hard. And it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better. One of the impacts is that millions of people are now homebound because of … Continue reading

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Responding to COVID-19 and Coronavirus

One of Gabriel García Márquez’s novels is entitled Love in the Time of Cholera. We could easily call the current state of affairs in the world Life in the Time of Coronavirus. The COVID-19 coronavirus disease, which is now a pandemic, has … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 328) – Miguel de Cervantes

“A speech that is good, if brief, is good twice over.” — Miguel de Cervantes

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 327) – Kobe Bryant

“Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise.” —  Kobe Bryant Photo courtesy of Keith Allison

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 326) – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. Because English is so widely spoken around the world, many native English speakers tend to forget just how complicated English can be for others. The difference the United Nations and … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 325) – Marc Benioff

“Presentation skills are key. People who work for you represent your brand. You want them to present themselves—and represent you—in a certain way.” —  Marc Benioff Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum

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5 tips to save your batteries (and your presentation)

Slide presentations are a staple of the business world. Every day, there are millions of PowerPoint, Keynote other slide presentations around the world. By some counts, the figure is 30 million each day! If you are going to use to … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 324) – Richard Wagamese

“There is such a powerful eloquence in silence. True genius is knowing when to say nothing, to allow the experience, the moment itself, to carry the message, to say what needs to be said. Words are less important, less effective … Continue reading

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6 posts for your public speaking in 2020

As the clock winds down on 2019 and we enter a new year and a new decade, I wanted to share six posts from the past to inspire your speaking in 2020. If you think that your speeches and presentations … Continue reading

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What questions do you have for me?

Questions from the audience. They are an important part of any presentation because they give members of the audience a chance to let the speaker know what is on their mind. Sometimes, however, audience members might be reluctant to ask … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 323) – Pelé

“Everything is practice.” —  Pelé Photo courtesy of John Mathew Smith &

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