Public speaking quotes

“Words have incredible power.
They can make people’s hearts soar,
or they can make people’s hearts sore.”
-Dr. Mardy Grothe


“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.”


Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21


“It’s not how strongly you feel about your topic, it’s how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak.”
–Tim Salladay


“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.” - Joseph Conrad


“The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.” - Lilly Walters


“A good orator is pointed and impassioned.” -Marcus T. Cicero


“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” - Carl W. Buechner


“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.”
– Joseph Conrad


“Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.”
–A. Owen


“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!”
– Ira Hayes


“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”
–Dionysius Of Halicarnassus


“Of those who say nothing, few are silent.”
–Thomas Neiel


“The most precious things in speech are the pauses.”
–Sir Ralph Richardson


“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”
–Martin Fraquhar Tupper


“Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.”
Dorothy Sarnoff


“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– Dorothy Nevill


“Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.”  ~G.B. Trudeau


“If your own mind is muddled, much more will the minds of your hearers be confused.” ~ Dale Carnegie


“A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something.”


“Ask yourself, ‘If I had only sixty seconds on the stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across.”
Jeff Dewar


“The simplest way to customize is to phone members of the audience in advance and ask them what they expect from your session and why they expect it. Then use their quotes throughout your presentation.”
Alan Pease


“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Self-consciousness kills communication.”
― Rick Steves


“Speech is the voice of the heart.”
― Anna Quindlen


“So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.” -1 Corinthians 14:9


“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”—Colossians 4:6


“Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.” - Michael H Mescon


“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” - Mark Twain


“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 Carnegie


“Not knowing how to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.”


“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” -John Ford


“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” - Harvey Diamond


“Why doesn’t the fellow who says, “I’m no speechmaker,” let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?”  ~Kin Hubbard


“We are what we practice repeatedly to do, so, practice enough, and you’ll be a great public speaker.”

Public Speaking Tips

Overcome being nervous Being nervous is natural. A severe fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia. Everyone is nervous when it comes to public speaking, but every leader speaks publically regardless of nerves. Being nervous is physical response to prepare for a challenge. The feeling of being nervous is a very natural, physical response toContinue Reading

For want of witnesses, love, and faith

For want of witnesses, hearing is lost. 1 For want of hearing, the message is lost. For want of the message, faith is lost. For want of faith, believing is lost. For want of believing, souls are lost. For want of souls, calling on the Lord is lost. For want of calling on the Lord,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

For want of a nail

The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower’s “Confesio Amantis” dated approximately 1390. 1 For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. ForContinue Reading

When bad things happen to people

Does God allow bad things to happen in order for better things to occur? Sometimes He does. Consider the following examples. Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Blessings for those who believe

Text: John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Believers are blessed, and the celebration of this day is the reason we are blessed. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave not for Himself, but for allContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Priesthood of the believer

There are five verses referring to believers being priests. First Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. First Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Satan’s attack on church leadership

Please be sure to have pen and paper ready. There is a lot to cover, and important ideas and questions will be lost if not written down. If you are writing notes for yourself, I want to ask that you also keep a page to turn in to me. As I speak, write down pointsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Have you been touched by evil?

Sermon: Do you believe in spiritual warfare? Do you believe it has influence on you? In order to engage your worst enemy you must acknowledge more than his existence. You must acknowledge his influence. Second Corinthians 4:4 says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lestContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Insults and imbeciles

“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” – Groucho Marx To answer a fool or not. That is the question. Proverb 26:4 advises, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” And yet,Continue Reading

Personal or environmental choice to follow Christ?

It has been said by many that children raised in a godly home and church will most certainly choose to follow the Lord. And yet, so many do not. The conclusion is that the home and the church were not truly godly or godly enough. Or, it may be that in spite of the godlinessContinue Reading

Bible translation thoughts

A reader sent the following note to me to entice me to purchase a book. I declined because of the errors I saw in the note. I am posting this for the value of the critique. Many comments made in this note are all too common and all too wrong. So, I thought it wouldContinue Reading

Wrested verses

Following are a list of verses sent to me for explanation. The person sending the verses said he was confused by the doctrinal conflict between “once saved always saved” and “works for salvation.” Wrested Verse 1: Philippians:2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Why I rejected evolution

As an atheist, I believed in evolution as fact. It was the only explanation for existence. But after attending a lecture on creation science, I began to rethink the question of origins. The speaker had pointed out several things that I knew were true, but I never considered the implications. He also said some thingsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Virgin Power

The vast majority of teens (87 percent) surveyed said they do not think it is embarrassing for teens to admit they are virgins. [National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (2000). The Cautious Generation? Teens Tell Us About Sex, Virginity, and "The Talk". Washington, DC: Author.] All methods of birth control have a failure rate, ranging from 0.05 percentContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Before You Marry

God’s Word is the definitive authority on what is right and what is best. Morality is not determined by feelings, logic, or popular opinion. Physical intimacy is to be avoided until you are married. First Corinthians 7:1-2 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touchContinue Reading

Muslim panel report

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Muslim Student Association for the invitation to participate in this interfaith dialogue and to share with you the Christian Gospel message recorded in the Bible. I also want to thank Amy Christianson for her gracious and helpful communications and arrangements making it possible for me toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus is alive and well! Three days after Jesus Christ was unmercifully and shamefully crucified, He arose in triumph over death, hell, and the grave. It was a real event.  First century letter confirms miracle during Christ’s crucifixion. Cornelius Tacitus (52-54 A.D.) A Roman historian and Governor of Asia, and son-in-law to Julius Agricola wroteContinue Reading

Education God’s way

God’s ways are indeed superior to any that man has devised. I believe this so much that I have volunteered as a science teacher in the Fayetteville Christian School for the past fourteen years. I teach ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade physical science, biology, and chemistry. The humanistic schools in our area are not anContinue Reading

Write your testimony of salvation

Answer the following five questions, and then combine them into a single essay. Some people use their testimonies to make their own personalized Gospel tract. 1. When were you saved? This helps people understand that salvation occurs at a point in time when you accept God’s invitation to save you. You are not Christian becauseContinue Reading