Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HOW TO LECTURE

HOW TO LECTURE
An Apocryphal Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I have been invited to deliver a lecture. 

Before I start speaking, I must 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 will certainly feed him, but I will not make him eat all the food I had prepared in the kitchen. Yes, I will give him enough food to fill his stomach but I will not give him all the food available in the kitchen just because I have prepared it.”


MORAL OF THE STORY

While teaching and lecturing, I have a tendency to talk too much, since I am passionate about teaching and I love to talk. 

So I need to remember this story.

When I speak, I must certainly “feed” the audience. 

But I must not try to “feed” them all the “food” I have prepared in my mind.

VIKRAM KARVE
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