You can always do better than your last presentation, whether it was a forgettable or an unforgettable one. To get you all fired up for the next big talk, we’ve rounded up 11 quotes from presentation giants that will surely make you roll up your sleeves, grit your teeth and work on the next masterpiece:
1. “There is no such thing as presentation talent, it is called Presentation Skills.”
David JP Phillips
2. “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”
3. “A good picture is worth a thousand words but a good story is worth a thousand pictures.”
4. “Speech is silver; silence is golden.”
5. “To persuade an audience find out what they believe in and then tell them they’re right.”
6. “The audience are likely to remember only three things from your presentation or speech.”
7. “Your slides should be a billboard not a document!”
8. “We worry about appearing awkward in a presentation. But up to a point, most people seem to feel more comfortable with less-than-perfect speaking abilities. It makes the speaker more human - and more vulnerable, meaning he is less likely to attack our decisions or beliefs.”
John P. Kotter
9. “The amateur worries about what he is going to put into his speech, the expert worries about what he is going to leave out.”
10. “It takes one hour of preparation time for one minute of presentation time.”
11. “Practice design, not decoration: Don’t just make pretty talking points. Instead, display information in a way that makes complex information clear.”
Practice. Stories. Brevity. Pauses. Clarity. Small words, but can make a big difference to your presentation. Even if you follow two or three of these timeless gems of wisdom, you can guarantee yourself an unforgettable presentation, unforgettable for all the good reasons.
Check out this SlideShare for all 11 picture quotes:
And hey, don’t forget to tell us the presentation quote you loved the most in the comments below. If there’s a quote (other than those above) that fires you up every time, we would love to know and get inspiration from it.
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Best of luck for your upcoming presentation!