THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
A Teaching Story
Whenever I begin to deliver a lecture, before I start speaking, I tell myself this apocryphal story
A renowned Management Guru entered a large lecture hall to deliver a lecture on Motivation to the employees of a large industrial organization.
To his horror he found that the large hall was empty except for a young man seated in the front row.
The Management Guru asked the solitary audience who he was.
“I am a Cook in the Industrial Canteen,” said the young man.
The Management Guru, pondering whether to speak or not, asked the Cook, “You are the only one here. Do you think I should speak or not? Tell me frankly, should I deliver my lecture?”
The Cook said to the Management Guru: “Respected Sir, I am a simple man and do not understand these things. But, if I came into the Dining Hall and saw only one man sitting there, I would certainly give him food.”
The Management Guru took the Cook’s insightful answer to heart and with full gusto began to deliver his lecture.
He spoke passionately for over two hours delving in great detail on each and every aspect of the theory and practice of Motivation.
Immensely proud after his virtuoso performance, the Management Guru felt highly elated, on top of the world, and wanted his audience to confirm how fantastically illuminating and effective his lecture had been.
So the Management Guru pompously asked the Cook, “How did you like my lecture?”
The Cook answered, “Respected Sir, I told you already that I am a simple man and do not understand these things very well. However, if I came into the dining hall and found only one man sitting there I would feed him, but I wouldn’t give him all the food I had prepared in the kitchen.”
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