Public Speaking Quotes, Sayings about speeches

Well timed silence has more eloquence than speech.
– Martin Farquhar Tupper

Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.

No audience ever complained about a presentation or speech being too short.
– Stephen Keague

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Jerry Seinfeld

Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope.

The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
– Dorothy Sarnoff


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

Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.

Great speakers listen to the audience with their eyes.

Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.
Dale Carnegie

If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.
Warren Buffett

Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.

In presentations or speeches less really is more.
– Stephen Keague

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
– George Jessel


All great speakers were bad speakers at first.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it… it doesn’t matter where your hands are.

Public speaking is an audience participation event; if it weren’t, it would be private speaking.

There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
– Cato the Elder

A good speech is like a pencil; it has to have a point.

99% of the population is afraid of public speaking, and of the remaining 1%, 99% of them have nothing original and interesting to say.
Jarod Kintz

Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way.
– Paul Arden

The most precious things in speech are pauses.
– Ralph Richardson


The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
– Robert Greenleaf

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
Dale Carnegie

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