Are you ever called upon to speak publicly and your mind is blank? That happened to me last night. I should have been prepared—it’s not as if the event was a surprise—but I wasn’t. I had nothing prepared so I needed to adlib.
On the spot, I rehashed a speech I made about five years ago (yes, I remembered the salient points), with a few comments to give a ‘this is where we’re at now’ vibe, but I don’t think it was successful. There are now thirty-odd people out there who looked in turns confused and horrifically amazed, and walked away with a I-don’t-know-what kind of impression.
When that sort of thing happens, it’s only afterwards while I’m thinking about what a shit job I did that I work out what I really should have said. In the shower this morning—where most of my reflective thinking occurs—I wrote in my head the speech I should have given. I’ll share the contents of that speech with the intended recipient gradually over the next week or so.
At least the person it was intended for will hear my true thoughts.
E E Montgomery
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