Tag Archives: Mark Twain

Pico Iyer and the art of stillness

Pico Iyer is a renowned essayist and novelist who is best known for his travel writing. He has been to some of the most far-flung places on the planet and his writings have appeared in leading newspapers, magazines and literary … Continue reading

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The Public Speaking Fear Grid

It’s no secret that many people are afraid of public speaking. As Jerry Seinfeld has said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! This means, to the average person, if … Continue reading

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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. 247) – Mark Twain

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

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 192) – Mark Twain

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, ‘I don’t know.’” — Mark Twain

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 109) – Mark Twain

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” — Mark Twain

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker and author. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries. He regularly speaks to the leaders of a variety … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 64) – Mark Twain

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 32) – Mark Twain

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

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What drives you?

There is a word in Japanese – ikigai (生き甲斐 – pronounced “ee-ki-guy”). There is no one word in English that is its equivalent. In fact, to express the concept in English, we have borrowed a phrase from French – raison d’être. … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 7) – Mark Twain

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 1) – Mark Twain

Sometimes, there are nuggets of gold to be mined in the briefest of words. Today, I introduce a new feature on this blog: quotes for public speakers. My plan is simply to let you have the quote and take from … Continue reading

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