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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

Rather than commence with a boring and routine start, kick off your presentation like a James Bond movie — with action: You can tell a story, take a poll, ask a provocative question, show a video clip.

- Stanford Graduate School of Business

Try to answer every question your group or committee will have about a proposal before they even have a chance to ask it.

- John Maxwell

Good speakers usually have great knowledge of what they want to talk about and an intense desire to tell it to other people.

- David J. Schwarz

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

- Carl W. Buechner

When you speak about something you passionately care about you will be more comfortable and feel more confidennt in your element.

- Brian Tracy

All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.

- Dale Carnegie

Speech is power; speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most precious things in speech are the pauses.

- Sir Ralph Richardson

If you can speak, you can influence. If you can influence, you can change lives.

- unknown

Public speaking professionals say that you win or lose the battle to hold your audience in the first 30 seconds of a given presentation.

- John Medina

If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.

- Harvey Diamond

The best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you're talking about.

- Michael H. Mescon

It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.

- Wayne Burgraff

If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.

- Gerald R. Ford

Always give a speech that you would like to hear.

- Andrii Sedniev

Presentation Tips:

(a) When preparing for a speech, establish an objective, something you will say at the end to make the speech memorable. Work backwards to craft your speech;
(b) The best humor is a story that is self-depreciating;
(c) Illustrate speech points with anecdotes and quotes;
(d) Use props during speech to add impact;
(e) Hold up articles, books or magazines when you quote from recognized experts;
(f) With speeches, tell people what you are going to tell them, tell them and then tell them what you told them;
(g) The biggest fear of North Americans, greater even than death and snakes, is talking in front of others;
(h) Prepare for speeches thoroughly to improve confidence;
(i) People require about 40% less time to grasp a concept with visual aids than with verbal instruction alone;
(j) Stick to only one idea per slide;
(k) Relax, and welcome people into the meeting room or speaking room;
(l) When all are seated, welcome them officially and let them know what to expect; and
(m) Start off with as much impact as possible. Present a challenge or recall a story that will move your audience.

- Cy Charney