Public Speaking Quotes, Sayings about giving speeches

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid
– Claudia Lady Bird Johnson

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

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

It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech.
Mark Twain

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

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

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


Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope.

A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.
Winston Churchill

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

When speaking in public, your message – no matter how important – will not be effective or memorable if you don’t have a clear structure.
– Patricia Fripp

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

Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.
Dale Carnegie


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

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

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

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

If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.
– Dianna Booher

Fear paralyses you – fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is.
– Annie Lennox

I used to be incredibly afraid of public speaking. I started with five people, then I’d speak to 10 people. I made it up to 75 people, up to 100, and now I can speak to a very large group, and it feels similar to speaking to you one-on-one.
– Robin S. Sharma

If you’re public speaking, imagine yourself feeling confident; if you’re nervous about a date and thinking, ‘I’m gonna be a dork,’ picture yourself being funny. Then it will be familiar to your brain.
– Lindsey Stirling

Public speaking, for me, or speaking even in front of a handful of people is my greatest fear.
– Bill Clegg

The worst speech you’ll ever give, will be far better than the one you never give.
– Fred Miller


Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Visualize yourself giving the entire speech as a controlled, confident speaker.
– Ibrahim Mustapha

Great speakers listen to the audience with their eyes.

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.

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