John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” In other words, the best time to fix things or change the way you do things is when you're not in crisis mode. By that logic, it's a good idea to learn how to use quotes to enhance your presentation before you try to use them!
Quotes are a great way to punch up what might otherwise be a dry presentation.
Quotes lend credibility to your thoughts and ideas. While many people use quotations attributed to famous people, the context and meaning of a quote may be more important than its source. A choice quote from someone well-known only to your audience, for example, may carry more weight with that audience.
There are many sources of good quotes online. A few of my favorites include:
- http://thoughts.forbes.com/quotes/ (Forbes is especially good for business presentations or speeches.)
To use quotes effectively in written or spoken communications, follow these 3 easy steps:
Attribute the quote you are about to deliver.
Tell your audience the name of the person being quoted and possibly some additional relevant information about them. An additional option is to give the audience some context in which the quote was made and/or tell them the position the person holds.
Deliver the quote.
When writing the quote, make sure you've quoted it correctly. When speaking the quote again, make sure you say it slowly and clearly enough, so that everyone can easily hear it. It may be a good idea to write the quote out on an index card and read it to the audience so you can ensure you get it right. Make sure you put the index card down or in a pocket when done reading it. Keep quotes short—one or two sentences maximum!
Arc back to your topic.
Once you've delivered the quote, quickly link it to the topic at hand. How does the quote reinforce or lend credibility to what you're discussing? What is the connection between the subject of your quote and the point you're making.
Using quotes is a good way to make your presentation more interesting. And, learning how to prepare and use them now, while you're comfortably reading this blog (and not in panic mode), is a good plan.
All of Mandel's training and coaching takes a hands-on approach to developing skills that stick.
What does the hit on Netflix called The Queen’s Gambit tell us about how to sell in a virtual setting? Actually, something very important.
Before we break down how this show teaches us the key to virtual selling let’s look at the backstory.
Gratitude. Appreciation. Recognition. It makes you feel good. This week in the US, many will pause for a day or two to give thanks and show appreciation for the things and people we care about most. It’s no secret how appreciation benefits the person getting it—but did you know it benefits the person giving it just as much?
Discover why recognition is such a powerful tool for improving relationships and wellbeing in life—and at work. Learn how to (and how NOT to) express your appreciation to others.
People in communities across the globe are adjusting to communicating while wearing masks. As we’re all experiencing, masks present both verbal and non-verbal communication challenges.Given this, we’ve prepared 5 tips for effective communications while wearing a mask, and compiled several insightful articles from leading publications on additional best practices.
Customers coming to a user conference aren’t there for the fanfare, they’re there for the expertise. If you’re an expert speaking at a user conference, you’re highly knowledgeable and passionate about your topic, but you might not be an expert at speaking in front of an audience. Here are five practical tips that you can implement right away for any upcoming speaking event.
Read the blog and learn how to make your next team offsite your most productive yet.
TED Talks have become a go-to example for how to give an engaging presentation from the big stage. They can be informative, inspiring, and often incredibly entertaining. But is the TED Talk format right for a business presentation delivered in a conference room? Probably not — but the skills used by TED Talk presenters definitely are!
Learn how to identify what goes into a successful TED Talk and how to make those skills work for you in your everyday business presentations.
Learn Mandel’s 3-step model for skillfully responding — not reacting — to tough questions with confidence and ease.
You know your scientists, engineers, and technology experts are the best around. They're proven innovators and solution providers within your organization. Why, then, is presenting to a business audience such a common challenge for technical professionals?
Learn 11 tactics your technical team can use right now to make them more effective and influential communicators for any business decision maker.
Admittedly, I've struggled to find a reliable way to help people reduce their public speaking anxiety, despite years of trying. I’ve advised people to do just about anything I could think of that might help, e.g., breathing, meditation. While I haven't found the thing that works every time for every person, there is one technique that seems to be more effective than most. Even if you've already found something that works well for you, this technique is worth trying out.
Imagine being asked to present to your entire company tomorrow. Does the idea of it make you nervous? You might be tempted to get right to work, writing every word down and committing them to memory. Now, what if I said you couldn’t memorize your talk? Whoa, wait a minute. You wonder, “How am I supposed to remember what to say?”
Find out why memorizing is a terrible idea and what you should do instead to prepare for your next presentation.
- Leading a Virtual Team Means Doing Things Differently
- Are You Really Listening?
- 4 Listening Tips for Improving Your Virtual Meetings
- The Irresistible Power of Stories in Virtual Selling
- The Top Sales Skill for 2021!
- Top Virtual Communication Mistakes – and How to Overcome Them in 2021!
- Tell a Story. Close a Deal. Even on Zoom.
- Throwback: Why Appreciation Matters in Life and at Work
- Tips for Communicating Effectively While Wearing a Mask
- Five Tips From a Virtual Meeting Producer