thief of time

Saturday, September 25, 2004

False Signals

I went to my son’s Year 12 graduation the other night and it was really quite a pleasant evening, all things considered. The usual things were said that should have been said and it was all properly nostalgic.

One thing should be noted by everyone that makes speeches, however. If you’re making a series of points in your speech, it’s always a wonderful thing for the listener when they hear those magic words “…and finally…”.

It’s also promise that should not be made lightly to an audience that has been listening to a number of speeches and is likely to have to listen to a number more before they’re through. The mounting frustration that results when the promised end-in-sight proves to be nothing more than a mirage tends to negate many of the, no doubt, telling points you are in the process of making.

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