Last week I presented my "Speechwriting Jam Session" to 300 people who are involved in the creation of speeches at the United Nations.
It was fun and well-received, and as I told them, my "talk at the U.N." is something I will casually but persistently mention to my grandchildren, so that they can scratch their heads and think, "Maybe Gramps wasn't always so daft."
But the bigger the speaking platform, the faster the air goes out when you get to the airport and get a drink in your hand. And so you indulge in this sort of thing.
I don't really think that.
Well, I kind of do. At the Vital Speeches blog, I lay out a more rational argument for killing the Q&A. Here or over there, I'd love to talk more about this subject, with veterans of both ends of the post-speech Q&A.