You Can Quote Me On This

February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hadley Barrows

Wouldn’t it be fun to coin the perfect quote? To say something people couldn’t resist repeating when they needed a little inspiration?

I think we all have quotable material inside our heads. The trick is getting it down in a way that’s truly quote-worthy. This President’s Day, let’s see if we can learn a few things from some famous POTUS quotes.

Idea #1: Give your audience something to hold. Especially when your speaking out loud, the use of a tangible idea helps bring your point to life.

A house divided against itself cannot stand — Abraham Lincoln

Idea #2: Keep it short. Keep it tight. Going on and on about something, even something interesting, is grounds for a bore fest. Plus, how will people repeat your quote if it’s 350 words long?

The buck stops here. – Harry S. Truman

Idea #3: Make it “feel” true. And by true, I…

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