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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)
I can never remember being afraid of an audience. If the audience could do better, they’d be up here on stage and I’d be out there watching them.
Ethel Merman, US singer, actress (1909-1984)
It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.
Rob Gilbert, Australian academic, sociologist
If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.
Gerald Ford, US President (1913-2006)
No one can say just how long a message should be, but you rarely hear complaints about a speech being too short. The amateur worries about what he is going to put in his speech. The expert worries about what he should take out. An artistic performance is concentrated, has a central focus.
Edgar Dale, US media guru (1900-1985)