Author Archives: John Zimmer

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer

Sawubona: See your audience

I recently wrote a post for Presentation Guru on the importance of “seeing” your audience.  It was based on the Zulu word sawubona. Zulu, or isiZulu, is one of South Africa’s official languages and is spoken by approximately 10 million people. Sawubona means, “I see … Continue reading

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Grammar: “Less” is more except when it’s “fewer”

This post is part of a series on grammar and vocabulary. From time to time, I will post short articles highlighting some of the common mistakes that people say during their presentation or write on their slides, and how to … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 286) – William Shakespeare

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.” — William Shakespeare

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Be prepared to cut your ending short

I have written in the past about managing your time when giving a speech or presentation. One of my tips in the link above related to being prepared to cut material if necessary: Have a plan to cut material. Logistics … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 285) – Brent Kerrigan

“The cold truth is that audiences remember little about any speech. We may believe they have an infinite ability to remember our funding analysis and statistics, but they will remember one or two points, at best. We must therefore present … Continue reading

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