Sunday, March 30, 2014

11 Public Speaking Quotes

Public speaking is the number one fear in America. Many people absolutely hate speaking publicly and have physical reactions to the process. As an author, speaker, or coach it is important that you master the skill of speaking publicly.

Below are 11 public speaking quotes that will offer you some inspiration and motivation. Becoming a great public speaker is a journey. So don't stop trying to improve your craft.

“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” - Harvey Diamond

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” - Mark Twain

 “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” – D. H. Lawrence

 “No one ever complains about a speech being too short!” – Ira Hayes

 “If you don’t use stories audience members may enjoy your speech, but there is no chance they’ll remember it.” – Andrii Sedniev

 “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.” – Dale Carnegie

 "Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “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

 "A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something." - Plato

 "If anything can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible moment." - Murphy

 "Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident." - Dale Carnegie


Unknown said...

Public speaking can be tough. Many people get really nervous. Like the Mark Twain quote says public speakers are either nervous or lying about being nervous. I think some people with a lot of experience do get over the nerves though.
Ron Johnson | Scene & Heard

Richard I. Garber said...


No, public speaking is NOT the number one fear in America. Do you have something against the well-known Gallup Poll results reported on March 2001 with the title Snakes Top List of Americans’ Fears? (It also reported results from their 1998 poll). See:

And, how about the YouGov poll reported on March 27, 2014 with the title Argh! Snakes! America’s Top Phobias Revealed? See: