6 quotations to inspire public speakers

Aristotle, Winston Churchill, Maya Angelou and a few others of note have words of wisdom to charge up your next presentation.

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Sometimes public speakers need inspiration—rather than additional instruction—to deliver a powerful presentation.

If you need a quick burst of inspiration, great quotations are high-octane fuel for your inner fire. Quotations pack a lot of meaning into compact statements that are simple to comprehend.

They also help when you need to give yourself a pep talk to improve your presence and increase your influence as a presenter.

To inspire you, here are six quotations that can help you become a stronger public speaker:

No. 1: Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. —Mary Kay Ash

The takeaway: To be a stronger public speaker, focus on your audience and relate to their interests, needs and desires. Personalize your presentation for your audience, and they will be more likely to share your enthusiasm for the message.

No. 2: 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. ―Maya Angelou

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