You Can Quote Me On This

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 mean universally true. Not just true to you.

The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. — Theodore Roosevelt

Idea #4: Be Motivating. There’s nothing more demoralizing than feeling hopped up and helpless. Give people something to do with their passion.

If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it. – James Garfield

Idea #5: Be authentic. People know the truth and love to hear it spoken out loud.

Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
– Ronald Reagan

Happy President’s Day, everyone.

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