Hey Mr/Ms Businessperson,
Want to improve your communication style immediately?
Invest in a book of quotes by famous people.
Many have been published, they don’t cost much, and they’re at every book store.
When you’re trying to make a point, it’s great to throw in a clever quote by a famous person.
It’s entertaining, it helps make your point, and the author’s stature & cleverness with the language tend to rub off on you positively in the audience’s mind.
I’ve used them throughout my career with great success. I’ve worn out several copies. Fortunately my parents gave me a new one this last Christmas. I pick it up often just to read it.
Don’t try to claim personal credit for the quotes. It’s unethical, you’ll get caught, and why would you want to when the author’s name can help lend credence to your presentation.
Don’t over-do it either. One or two well-placed quotes can be very effective.
More looks cheesy. Just reading through a quote book will raise your mental-level and improve your vocabulary. The experience can be tremendously motivational and educational.
Most of us hate to get up and speak in front of a crowd. Many hate to write too. But it’s a necessary part of career development for most. A quote book is a great crutch to help you over the psychological hurdle (the other one is to picture your audience naked).
One of my favorites is Samuel Clemens - Mark Twain. His unique talent with the written word will always amuse an audience and raise it’s level of attention. But there are countless other good sources. There are even great quotes by the not-so-famous that I have used with great success.
Put a quote book in your library tomorrow, then pick it up and use it, and you won’t be sorry.
"Invest in your professional network and it will pay dividends your whole life"
Many out there are going to thank me for this bit of advise. You all owe me lunch.
Al Walsh, Owner/Founder - Walsh Enterprises, Business Advisors
Blog Admin's note: Quotes were added by me. Al may get fat on all the lunches people owe him! Thank you Al for all the tips, wisdom and time you invest to help others along the way. You are modeling what I have recommended for years. "Shine your light and help others shine too" Patty De