Public Speaking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old public speaking quotes, public speaking sayings, and public speaking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A good speech should be like a woman's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.     

Winston S. Churchill

Communication without clarity is noise. Speak with purpose and you’ll propel your audience to take massive action towards a journey of self-improvement.     

Farshad Asl

When speaking publicly, it is wise to communicate mindfully in the presence of silent listening eyes...     

Tracey Bond

Engaging in lifelong learning to improve your public speaking skills is far from drudgery. It can lead to a better job, higher profits, more donations, and public policy objectives. That sounds like fun to me.     

Ed Barks

Fear of public speaking can include fear of forgetting your words, fear of being judged, fear of difficult questions or all of these     

Ibrahim Mustapha

A good speech has ripple effect. Charisma makes it last.     

Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.     

Evan Esar

No audience ever complained about a presentation or speech being too short.     

Stephen Keague

Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.     

Dale Carneige

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.     

Dale Carneige

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.     

Dorothy Sarnoff

A talk is a voyage. It must be charted. The speaker who starts nowhere, usually gets there.     

Dale Carneige

Public Speaking is a skill that can be studied, polished, perfected. Not only can you get good at it, you can get damn good at it and it makes a heck of a difference.     

Tom Peters

Whenever people have trouble public speaking, it's because they are just thinking about themselves.     

Tony Robbins

With public speaking, practicing congruence is very helpful - allowing the words to be expressed with the face and body. It helps to think of simply "turning up the nonverbal volume.     

Laurie Helgoe

Visualize yourself giving the entire speech as a controlled, confident speaker.     

Ibrahim Mustapha

If you preach in public, you should be aware that you give your speech that can be compelling to your audiences that presents a good purpose for your presence in front of your bystanders at the right place and time.     

Saaif Alam

Thinking in loneliness and speaking in public are the two things leaders are masters at.     


In presentations or speeches less really is more     

Stephen Keague

People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it's not easy at all; we're used to hiding behind masks.     

Jane Fonda

Good public speaking is based on good private thinking     

Scott Berkun

More men feel comfortable doing "public speaking," while more women feel comfortable doing "private" speaking.     

Deborah Tannen

Ah, the first rule of public speaking -- always start with a joke.     

Jon Stewart