It is better to leave your audience before your audience leaves you.
Sometimes when a speaker has the audience on the edge of their seats, they’re trying to muster up the nerve to get up and go home.
Many speakers confuse the seating capacity of the hall with the sitting capacity of the audience.
Each of us here, has a job to do in this hour. Mine is to talk and yours is to listen. My hope is that you will not finish your job before I finish mine.
I’ve always disliked following other speakers. Once I followed one who was so bad the audience was still booing him all the way through my speech.
When I get through with my speech, there’s usually a great awakening.
Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience – the knowledge that our mighty deeds will come to the ears of our contemporaries or “of those who are to be.”
Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure.
The audience was swell. They were so polite, they covered their mouths when they yawned.
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.