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1. "Just as we do not today differentiate between the Roman Republic and the imperial period of the Julio-Claudians when we think of the Roman Empire, so in the future no one will bother to make a distinction between the British Empire-led and the American-Republic-led periods of English-speaking dominance between the late-eighteenth and the twenty-first centuries. It will be recognized that in the majestic sweep of history they had so much in common--and enough that separated them from everyone else--that they ought to be regarded as a single historical entity, which only scholars and pedants will try to describe separately."
Author: Andrew Roberts
2. "I want to do public speaking and cause campaigning. I want to write a book."
Author: Bristol Palin
3. "One of the great changes wrought by the increased public awareness of Alzheimer's - and thank you, Nancy Reagan, you wonderful tough old dame, you - is that people in the early stages of the disease are now speaking out while they still have the capacity to do so."
Author: Charlie Pierce
4. "My biggest fear was public speaking, and then having everyone know who I was, it was definitely weird at first. When I first won, it was definitely a culture shock, it was something I wasn't quite ready for."
Author: Chris Moneymaker
5. "Public speaking? I speak to myself on the street!"
Author: Eliot Spitzer
6. "I failed public speaking in grade school, 'cause I was so nervous and scared."
Author: Gary Clark Jr.
7. "Listen to a woman speak at a public gathering (if she hasn't painfully lost her wind). She doesn't "speak," she throws her trembling body forward; she lets go of herself, she flies; all of her passes into her voice, and it's with her body that she vitally sup- ports the "logic" of her speech. Her flesh speaks true. She lays herself bare. In fact, she physically materializes what she's thinking; she signifies it with her body. In a certain way she inscribes what she's saying, because she doesn't deny her drives the intractable and impassioned part they have in speaking. Her speech, even when "theoretical" or political, is never simple or linear or "objectified," generalized: she draws her story into history."
Author: Hélène Cixous
8. "I was always a clown. In the eighth grade I won a city speech contest by doing an Eddie Murphy routine. I'm no good at public speaking, but if I can assume a role and speak as that person, then I'm fine. When I had to give a book report, I always did it in character."
Author: Jason Wiles
9. "Public speaking professionals say that you win or lose the battle to hold your audience in the first 30 seconds of a given presentation."
Author: John Medina
10. "I took a public speaking class in college and managed to make the class laugh a little bit."
Author: Kevin James
11. "For what can give a finer example of that frankness and manly self- confidence which our great public schools, and none of them so much as Eton, are supposed to inspire, of that buoyant ease in holding up one's head, speaking out what is in one's mind, and flinging off all sheepishness and awkwardness, than to see an Eton assistant-master offering in fact himself as evidence that to combine boarding-house- keeping with teaching is a good thing, and his brother as evidence that to train and race little boys for competitive examinations is a good thing?"
Author: Matthew Arnold
12. "Right. And our first job is to teach her to give a speech on the Grand Balcony in three days.""That does not sound too difficult. Has she done much public speaking?"Amilia forced a smile. "A week ago she said the word no."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
13. "If one is going to spend her afternoon singing hymns to the great porcelain goddess, she might as well do it in a really plush ladies room. Stupid fear of public speaking."
Author: Molly Harper
14. "I made a list of skills in which I think every adult should gain a working knowledge. I wouldn't expect you to become a master of any, but mastery isn't necessary. Luck has a good chance of finding you if you become merely good in most of these areas. I'll make a case for each one, but here's the preview list.Public speakingPsychologyBusiness WritingAccountingDesign (the basics)ConversationOvercoming ShynessSecond languageGolfProper grammarPersuasionTechnology ( hobby level)Proper voice technique"
Author: Scott Adams
15. "For the social phobic, any kind of performance—musical, sporting, public speaking—can be terrifying because failure will reveal the weakness and inadequacy within. This in turn means constantly projecting an image that feels false—an image of confidence, competence, even perfection."
Author: Scott Stossel
16. "Some introverts are perfectly comfortable with public speaking; I'm not one of them."
Author: Susan Cain

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