10 Famous Quotes From Public Speakers

Author: Ian

Date: September 20, 2015

Sweaty palms, shaky voice and limp knees are familiar sensations of public speakers – from beginners to advanced. Speaking in public can be petrifying, yet it’s critical to your career.

We’ve devised a list of quotes from famous public speakers to motivate you and show you that your fears are normal. Many of these quotes were publicised a long time ago, some more recently. Some are serious. Some light-hearted.

Why not write your favourite one on a piece of paper and stick it on your mirror for encouragement before a performance?

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Today is life – the only one you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie

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

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

“For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that – is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?” – Thomas Carlyle

“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

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

“Public speaking? I speak to myself on the street!” – Eliot Spitzer

“I have a fear of public speaking. It’s very hard work. Words are not my skill, and because they’re not my skill, I have to work doubly hard.” – Kerry Stokes

Tweet us at @si_speakers with your favourite inspirational quote and we’ll retweet you. Alternatively, do you have a quote that isn’t listed here or one that you’ve made up to inspire yourself?