Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5 Tips for Using Quotes in Your Presentation

Quotations can be very powerful in your presentations.  They can succinctly capture your message and make it easier to remember.  They can also give you credibility and add humor or gravitas as appropriate to your audience.   

Here are 5 tips for using quotes in your presentation:
  1. Match the quote to the audience and the message.  Make sure it's relevant. 
  2. Introduce the quote well and give it its due.    
  3. Say the quote clearly and slowly, and then repeat it.  You can also print it on your handout or include it on your slide. 
  4. Make sure you have the words correct, include proper attribution and explain who the person quoted is, if necessary. 
  5. To find good quotes, read widely and listen to other speakers and leaders.  Pay attention to the quotes and write down the ones you might use. 
Here are some of my favorite quotations:
 
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einsten

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  Eleanor Roosevelt
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi


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