Can’t Write a Speech or Presentation Yourself? Get Someone Else to Do it For You!

When it comes to writing and delivering a speech, many individuals become increasingly intimidated. This feeling of dread is only worsened if the presentation hosts higher ranking company officials that can potential make or break your career.

Instead of writing a dull, dry, and boring speech, challenge yourself to think outside the box! Read your speech out loud to in front of the mirror. If you’re falling asleep, so will your audience. If your own words aren’t provocative or interesting enough, consider using some well placed quotes to provide more interest and drive your point across.

Quotes are an excellent way to break the ice at the beginning of a speech or to emphasize a point or thought well into your spiel. Remember, when using quotes you should be sure to credit the source. For example, “Gandhi famously remarked” or “As Mark Twain once said” are excellent introductions into the body of the quote itself. If someone important said it, it must be valuable!

If you are at a loss for the perfect quote to include in your speech, look to popular quote books that house a plethora of famous phrases. Michael Ruge’s Quote-A-Quote book immediately comes to mind, as it’s packed with quotes appropriate for all types of business ventures. Or for something a little more formal, try the famous Bartlett’s Book of Familiar Quotations.

Consider using quotes in your presentation materials as well. Having words displayed in a presentation or on a screen will allow the audience to further understand their impact. Use particular quotes on presentation covers or the first slide of your presentation to provide the audience with a starting point for your speech.

Using quotes is an excellent way to make your speech more interesting while also making yourself look well read or well cultured. It’s a win-win.

Remember, limit the number of quotes you use in order to provide the most emphasis on key phrases and include quotes that are appropriate for the context of your speech. Sorry, you’ll have to do some writing yourself!

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