Public Speaking Course:
In your public speaking course, you will learn how the use of quotations during your presentation can be a good way to get your audience's attention. Another good thing about using quotations is that if the saying bombs, you didn't write it and you can still use it to make your point.
You can also use the power of the person's name who did write it. If the quotation is funny, people will be more likely to laugh or at least chuckle if a well known person said it. These are some of the benefits that you will learn from your public speaking course.
If you are not sure who stated a particular quotation, you can still use it in your presentation. Unless I am absolutely certain who said something, I always give myself an out. I will say 'I BELIEVE' it was ____________ who said. Saying this keeps me out of trouble for attributing the quotation to the wrong person. If I have no idea who said it then I say something like, 'My great, great grandpappy used to say . . .;, or 'My old aunt Maude used to say . . . ;. However, if you know for sure who said something and their name carries weight, go ahead and use it for it gives power to the point you are trying to make. When you are trying to be funny, don't feel bad about twisting the quotations to meet your situation. Mark Twain will never say a word about it. Neither will anyone else if you introduce your quotation by saying, 'Someone once said,' or 'My great, great, grandpappy used to say.' Then change the quotation around any way that suits you.
There are literally thousands and thousands of different quotations
that you can find to use in your presentation. Any bookstore will have quotation books or you can look on the
internet for quotation web sites. Here are some of my favorite quotations:
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