Presentation quotes are always a useful way to kick-off a PowerPoint slideshow. They grab attention, they’re often concise, and can set the tone for what you’re trying to convey succinctly. Furthermore, the presentation quotes compiled here may also serve as useful reminders and mantras about how you should approach your presentation – from designing it to approaching the stage (or digital screen).

Quotes are always fun, especially for word nerds, since they demonstrate the types of writers and thought leaders you admire. After all, “I have always believed that a man can fairly be judged by the standards and taste of his choices in matters of high-level plagiarism.” – Hunter S. Thompson

  1. “Until you become a household name, presentation always counts. Never allow anyone to convince you otherwise, or discount the importance of your presentation.” -Victor Kwegyir
  2. “It is not just the information that is important. How it is presented is equally important.” -Linda Armstrong
  3. “Every successful start-up is built on four pillars. Team, Idea, Passion and Presentations” – Aayush Jain
  4. “Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it ‘to whom it may concern.” – Ken Haemer
  5. “A great magician is not more magical than other magicians; he is just more magical in his presentation.” – Amit Kalantri
  6. “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” – Dianna Booher
  7. “If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” – Harvey Diamond
  8. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner
  9. “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” Robert K. Greenleaf
  10. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
  11. “Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.” – Dorothy Sarnoff
  12. “A great presentation gives smart ideas an advantage.” – Nancy Duarte
  13. “It’s so hard to communicate because there are so many moving parts. There’s presentation and there’s interpretation and they’re so dependent on each other it makes things very difficult.” – Garth Stein
  14. “New research into cognitive functioning—how the brain works—proves that bullet points are the least effective way to deliver important information. Neuroscientists are finding that what passes as a typical presentation is usually the worst way to engage your audience.” – Carmine Gallo
  15. “Men are stupid, and a lot of them need to be told things on top of being shown.” – D. Aliwat
  16. “The mirror is a tool you can easily get feedback from without asking” – Ibrahim Mustapha
  17. “Whatever you’re thinking, is being thought or had already been thought somewhere else. What makes the difference is in your way of presenting it.” – Junaid Raza
  18. “Information overload creates poverty of intelligence and action.” – Jag Randhawa
  19. “You have to passionate and confident of the uniqueness of your idea to hold such an extraordinary presentation” – Sunday Adelaja
  20. “We’re not making slides, we design it.” – Dhony Firmansyah

For more inspirational quotes, check out our free International Women’s Day slideshow, free to download here. And take a look at my most recent blog with the Presentation Guild, which explores three simple methods for streamlining slide design.