From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers.

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Does simple=stupid in speaking? Why Congress's report card isn't bad

The Eloquent Woman

I think we also try to bring good speakers "down a peg" by mocking them for being clear and simple.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #84

Humor Power

He had a hook…and a peg leg and eye patch. Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor work. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). The club had five guests that evening. The President announced that we would be serving cake at the end of the meeting. A speaker talked about wine. He suggested that we might have wine with the cake.