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20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill

20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was loved and hated by many. He was an iconic leader who was known for his rebellious and stubborn nature. But it was these traits that saw him achieve a great deal with his life.

Churchill has much to teach us about courage, persistence and leadership. He pushed through years and years of failure to eventually hold office for an incredible 60 years. He was known for facing problems head-on and for ‘never ever giving up.’

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Churchill is referred to as one of the most influential people in British history, so why not learn from his successes and failures?

Here are 20 of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes. Read them slowly and take away a nugget of inspiration from the man who was known for his no nonsense approach to life.

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20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
    • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”
    • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
    History will be kind to me for I intend to rewrite it
      • “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
      • “Never, never, never give up.”
      • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
      • “You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
      I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
        • “I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”
        • “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
        • “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
        • “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”
        I have nothing to offer but blood
          • “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil tears and sweat.”
          • “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
          • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
          • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

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            • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
            • “To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”
            • “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
            • “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

            I need never worry about action
              • “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

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              (Photo credit: Churchill Statue via Shutterstock)

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              Last Updated on December 2, 2018

              7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

              7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

              When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

              You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

              1. Connecting them with each other

              Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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              It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

              2. Connect with their emotions

              Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

              For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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              3. Keep going back to the beginning

              Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

              On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

              4. Link to your audience’s motivation

              After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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              Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

              5. Entertain them

              While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

              Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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              6. Appeal to loyalty

              Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

              In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

              7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

              Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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