Many if not most of us get tongue-tied at the wrong moment don't we? Imagine the usual situation where your boss or loved one asks a simple question and you're looking for the perfect reply - and your mind goes blank and you give an absolute boring, inappropriate or standard reply. Sigh............Sounds all too familiar, doesn't it!
All great speakers prepare, prepare again, prepare some more, and then prepare yet again. And then they rehearse, rehearse again, rehearse some more, and then rehearse yet again. Get the picture here?
Here's a famous example from the '74 Academy Awards show where the host, David Niven, said something on the spot that was so witty, funny and appropriate it's voted as a top Oscar moment by film fans. A naked man ran across the stage as David Niven was hosting the Academy Awards and he calmly said,
"Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
What a wonderful line! Guess what though – it was prepared as Niven was hoping that a streaker would flash across the stage, especially since streaking (running naked through public) was very popular in the '70s at major events. So when the streaker appeared, Niven was ready. If a streaker didn't appear then he would save the line for another occasion. But he was prepared!
How do we prepare for a witty, useful and appropriate quip or remark for any and every situation in life? It's simple and here's how: