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“The truth isn’t the truth until people believe you, and they can’t believe you if they don’t know what you’re saying, and they can’t know what you’re saying if they don’t listen to you, and they won’t listen to you if you’re not interesting, and you won’t be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly.”
– Bill Bernbach

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  1. I agree. However, in a public setting the tough part may be figuring out what the question actually is! Many times people and journalists ask either muddles questions, run-on multiple questions, or questions with opinions added for spice. The one way to help get to the question is to paraphrase what you heard (as a statement) and look for the reaction from the questioner. If they offer a sign of approval, THEN you can answer.

  2. Good one. Its important to strike a balance between passion and commitment in general. I’ve known people who are passionate about a lot of things but never take any of them to a logical conclusion, because their very nature of being attracted to multiple ideas prevents them from being committed to one of them. And too much commitment without flexibility to pursue newer ideas makes you stubborn, stale and even dogmatic.

  3. Yes CK Sir. I am trying to implement this in my company I work for. I got an opportunity to give a tech talk on “Second Life” to an audience of 200 odd people. My Toastmaster journey is giving me confidence to make it imaginative and with a smattering of humor. I would let you know the audience response once I deliver the preso.

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