The Best Media Training Quotes Ever (Part Five)

One of the greatest surprises of this blog has been the popularity of my occasional “best media training quotes” series.

So for the first time this year, here’s another installment of ten of the best media training, public speaking, and crisis management quotes of all time!

And if you missed the previous four installments, you can catch up here, here, here, and here.


  1. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
  2. “When a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he’s nobody’s friend.” – Theodore White, American political journalist
  3. “Do not promote what you can’t explain, simplify, and prove early.” – Louis Pasteur, French chemist4. “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, 2009 – 2013


Journalist Edward R. Murrow

5. “The best speakers know enough to be scared…the only difference between the pros and the novices is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation.” – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist

6. “If all my talents and powers were to be taken from me by some inscrutable Providence, and I had my choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask to be allowed to keep the Power of Speaking, for through it I would quickly recover all the rest.” – Daniel Webster, U.S. Secretary of State, 1850-1852

7. “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” – Dianna Booher, American public speaking coach

8. “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President, 1933-1945


Attorney Johnnie Cochran

9. “We’ve got to be judged by how we do in times of crisis.” – Johnnie Cochran, American attorney

10. “The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don’t see coming.” – Mike Mansfield, U.S. Senator, 1953-1977

Want to see the other quotes in this series? Read part one here, part two here, part three here, and part four here. And please leave your favorites in the comments section below!