You never have to be alone in defending your ideas – quote others who agree!
Add power and punch to your talks. Use quotes!
Quotes are one of the most powerful tools you can use to enhance your presentation:
- Quotes are an extremely effective and powerful way to open or close a speech.
- They can be used for smooth transitions between speech segments.
- You can call on quotes from other experts and authorities to defend your ideas or beliefs!
As an additional public speaking tip – it seems the longer the person has been dead, the more meaningful their words of wisdom:
With the Internet and search engines like Google, you never have to be without the perfect quote for your talk. Here are three of my favorites:
If you would prefer to have quotes right at your fingertips, check out the many Quote Books that are available.
Here are some ideas I culled from Tom Antion’s book titled, Wake ’em Up: How to Use Humor and Other Professional Techniques to Create Alarmingly Good Business Presentations. To these three suggestions I say a quote would work well.
- Have a funny quote projected on the screen before a presentation begins can make participants take notice and build their anticipation of your presentation.
- Leave the audience quiet and thoughtful by citing a touching phrase to close your presentation.
- Have a pithy one-liner that makes the same point as a story, in case your time is cut.
I think the perfect way to close this topic is with this quote about quotes:
“It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion.” – Abraham Lincoln