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Tips for Proper Public Speaking

By: Stephan Smith | Date: 25 April 2014

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Tips, proper speaking, audience, Socrates, Sophocles, Cicero ... 


The ability to speak properly (to use the right words, to say what you have to and as much as you need and especially in a way you convince your audience and influence their behavior) has engaged people’s minds since ancient times. We have heard of the thoughts of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and orators, of many scientists, writers, politicians and people who have tried to influence people’s proper speaking in their entire adult life. Here there are some of them:


Socrates: "Start a conversation in two cases:  when you have clearly thought over its topic or when it is necessary to say something because only in those two cases it is better to talk than to remain silent."


Aristotle: "If speech is not clear, it does not achieve its goal."


Sophocles: "It is one thing to talk a lot and another- to say something."


Cicero: "Art is not to say what you should but not to say what you should not."


Kvinilian: "Speak in a way that it is impossible not to be understood."


Francois De La Rochefoucauld: "The essence of the etiquette consists of saying all that should be said and that’s it."


Voltaire: "The necessity to speak, the difficulty that follows because of the fact that there is nothing to be said and the desire to manifest mental capabilities are the three things  able to make look ridiculous even the greatest man."


Rudyard Kipling:  "Humanity knows no stronger opium than words."


G. Flaubert: "The word is nothing else but a distant and faint echo of the thought."


Menander: "There's nothing louder than words."


Horace: "Once dropped, the word does not go back."


Francis Bacon: “Caution in words is eloquence at its highest pitch."


Stendhal: "The ability to conduct a conversation, that's а talent."


Confucius: "He who speaks a lot would always say something that they shouldn’t have."


Seneca: " He who knows not when to be silent, knows not when to speak "


Claudius: "Don’t always say what you know, but always know what you say."

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