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The Greatest Form of Flattery

They say the greatest form of flattery is being quoted. I remember how I felt a few years ago when I was at a research conference and Kevin Lonnie quoted me during his presentation. Yes, I was surprised. Yes, I was honored that he thought I actually said something relevant and wanted to share that with attendees at his session. And yes it made me feel good.

In the past few years I have used quotes during presentations to the M/A/R/C staff, at conference presentations and when I present to Omnicom on Madison Avenue.

Sometimes the quotes work; sometimes they don’t.

I really like using quotes to reinforce ideas and drive points home. Here are a few of my favorites:

“The name on the front is more important than the name on the back.” — Herb Brooks
“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” — Peter F. Drucker
“What works works, what doesn’t work doesn’t work, even if you try harder it still doesn’t work.” — Joe Caruso
“Insanity is doing the same thing day after day and expecting a different result.” — Ben Franklin
“Skate to where the puck is going, not where it is.” — Wayne Gretzky
“Evaluate what you want — because what gets measured gets produced.” — James A. Belasco

Do you like these? What are some of your favorites?

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