“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.”— Abraham Lincoln

“The problem with communication is the illusion that is has occurred.”— George Bernard Shaw

“The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” John F. Kennedy

“If you have an important point to make, don’t be subtle or clever. use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then hit it again. Then hit it a third time–a tremendous whack!” — Winston Churchill

“Rhetoric succeeds when there is a bond of trust between speaker and audience. That trust is more important than eloquence—or the absence of eloquence; and it has no necessary connection to it. An honest, competent person laboring to communicate his own convictions is far more persuasive than a fluent declaimer whose character the audience may have doubts about.” — Aristotle

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you cannot get them across, your ideas will not get you anywhere.” — Lee Iacocca