45 Phrases to Guide You to Greatness in Public Speaking

You are about to view 45 phrases that can guide you to greatness in speaking.

Keep these phrases where you can see them, because internalizing these speaking truths will dramatically and automatically drive you to make a deeper connection with your audience than you’ve likely ever felt.

More impact = more income. Ready? Let’s dive in.

  1. “Let your long road lead to their shortcut.”
  2. “It’s not about perfection, it’s about connection
  3. “Never sell a product, always sell the result.”
  4. “Put the result before the resource.”
  5. “Tease them before you tell them.”
  6. “When they’re reflecting, you’re connecting.”
  7. “When they’re predicting, you’re connecting.”
  8. “Don’t tell; ask”
  9. “When you squeeze your information in, you squeeze your audience out.” Old speaking proverb
  10. “You can’t rush and resonate.”
  11. “Don’t add humor; uncover it.”
  12. “It’s not about what I came to give but about what YOU came to get.”
  13. “Speak to one but look to all.”
  14. “If you take us through the problem, take us through the payoff.”
  15. “Most people don’t want to be most people.”
  16. “Condense to connect.”
  17. “Never close your speech with the Q & A.”
  18. “Show it before you say it.”
  19. “Don’t speak for standing ovations; speak for standing invitations
  20. “Speak like you talk, not like you write.”
  21. “Put the process, not the person, on a pedestal.”
  22. “When you lift yourself up, you let your audience down.”
  23. “The phrase determines what stays.”
  24. “What’s loose is lost”
  25. “Conflict is the hook and dialogue is the heart”
  26. “Let your story become their story”
  27. “Sell the belief before the relief.”
  28. “You can’t create a message without first creating a mess.”
  29. “A message is just a “Mess” with “Age.”
  30. “What gets recorded gets rewarded.”
  31. “Lift them up to let them down.”
  32. “Too many speakers try to get across too much information in too little time.”
  33. “People buy into what they help create.” Old influence proverb
  34. “Reactions tell the story.” Darren LaCroix
  35. “Use the spaces and faces in-between the lines.”
  36. “Don’t be the Guru of your own story.”
  37. “People won’t remember what you say, as much as they’ll remember what THEY SEE when you say it.” Learned from Patricia Fripp.
  38. “Get your ‘but’ out of the way.”
  39. “Use projections to handle objections.”
  40. “Don’t tell us, take us.” Mark Brown
  41. “Stay out of the ‘Woulds.’” David Otey
  42. “A confused mind says no, but a clear mind says go.”
  43. “Turn mistakes into moments.”
  44. “Let them complete you.”
  45. “People remember best what they hear first and last.”

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