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On Speaking Well…

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 Ralph Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters, Author of ‘Speech Engineering: 25 Ways to Build a Speech’:

“There are no absolutes in public speaking. Circumstances always modify rules.”

Dale Carnegie, Author of ‘Public Speaking for Success’:

“Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail couched in concrete colorful language is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.”

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Computers:

“To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

(Steve is talking about designing products. His philosophy can easily be applied to designing presentations.)

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister UK, Author of ‘Secret Session Speeches’:

“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.”

Aristotle, Greek Philosopher, Author of ‘The Art of Rhetoric’:

“These are the three things—volume of sound, modulation of pitch, and rhythm—that a speaker bears in mind. It is those who do bear them in mind who usually win prizes in the dramatic contests.”

Maya Angelou, Poet, Author of  ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mark Twain, Author of  ‘How to Tell a Story’:

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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