Quotes To Inspire Your Next Presentation

November 2, 2015

Hand holds blank cloud shaped speech bubblePublic speakers need inspiration and the occasional pep talk to get in the right mindset for creating and delivering an effective presentation. Often the best inspiration comes in the form of quotes.

Quotes are the perfect package for wisdom because they are concise and easy to process and store to memory.

To help you get inspired before your next presentation, here are 6 quotes – as well as presentation lessons to take away from each.

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Quote: If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. – Winston Churchill

Presentation Lesson: We have all heard the timeless presentation wisdom: Tell them what you’re going to say, say it, then tell them what you said. However, few presenters actually put that advice into action.

Be a memorable public speaker by crafting a clear, concise message that you repeat until it is engrained in the memory of your audience members. Don’t make your audience work to recall your big idea; serve it to them on a silver platter by repeating your idea until it is effortless for people to remember.

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Quote: No audience ever complained about a presentation or speech being too short. – Stephen Keague

Presentation Lesson: Show respect for your audience by valuing their time as much as you value your own. Don’t drag out your presentation beyond what is necessary. Say what you need to say, and then wrap it up.

Not only will your audience appreciate the brevity of your presentation, but they will also be more likely to remember your key points because you removed any extra elements that might have muddied the waters of your presentation content.

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Quote: It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely.’ Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from common knowledge and draw obvious conclusions. ? Aristotle

Presentation Lesson: Use a conversational tone and everyday language during your presentation. Even the smartest people in the room will applaud your ability to refine complex concepts into a wonderfully simple presentation that feels like a casual conversation among friends. To simplify complicated ideas, you must be a master of the topics covered.

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Quote: 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

Presentation Lesson: To inspire your audience to develop an emotional response to your presentation material, don’t present like a robot that only rattles off facts and stats. Instead, share stories and case studies that bring your ideas into the real world. Stories have a contagious effect; stories transfer experiences and emotions from the storyteller to the listeners.

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Quote: 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

Presentation Lesson: To make your audience feel important, craft your presentation specifically for the people in the crowd.

There are many ways to get to know your audience before you develop your presentation. You can check out the LinkedIn or social media profiles of audience members to learn their passions, concerns, and professional interests. In addition, you can also ask conference organizers or team leaders to give you insight into the audience. Whatever research method you choose, make sure you have a clear idea of how to craft your presentation so your message will be meaningful to the people to whom you are speaking.

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Quote: I have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don’t hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales. – Zig Ziglar

Presentation Lesson: All presentations are sales presentations. Even if the objective of your presentation is to motivate or educate people, you are still trying to sell your audience on your ideas and the value of your presentation. Keep this in mind as you create your presentation to ensure your message is convincing.

Conclusion: Give yourself a pep talk before your next presentation. If you’re struggling to find the words to inspire your presentation, borrow words from someone else. Use these quotes, or some of your favorite quotes to help you get in the right mindset for your presentation.

About the Author

Leslie Belknap is the Senior Content Strategist for Ethos3, as well as a board member and speakers’ coach for TEDxNashville. Say hi to Leslie on Twitter; she manages tweets for Ethos3.