I am often asked for a few tips on putting presentations and talks together.
To complement the various guides I have written and courses I run, I have assembled this collection of quotations which get across the advice that most people require for effective presentations.
- “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all” Peter F Drucker
- “If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea”. David Belasco
- “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity”. Charles Mingus
- “For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.” Arthur Schopenhauer
- “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do”. Thomas Jefferson
- “Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words when short are best of all”. Winston Churchill
- “The shorter and the plainer the better”. Beatrix Potter
- “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Mark Twain
- “Don’t be nervous. Do just as I do. Whenever I get up to speak, I always make a point of taking a good look around the audience. Then I say to myself, ‘What a lot of silly fools.’ And then I always feel better.” Winston Churchill
- “The more I practise the luckier I get” Gary Player
Are there other quotations that you would recommend?
What advice do you have for reluctant speakers?