"As day follows night, a poor, dull, cloddish text will produce a poor, dull, cloddish talk."– Reid Buckley
No matter how spellbinding the topic and how fascinating the mind elucidating it, a monologue becomes tedious after fifty or sixty minutes. Be brief!
The other prime ingredients of boring are (1) saying trite things and (2) saying anything tritely. Combine them--saying trite things tritely--and you achieve oblivion.
A warning: Amateurs tend to pile example on example, quotation on quotation, anecdote on anecdote. They begin with a good speech that is twenty-five minutes long. Before one can say Boutros Boutros-Ghali, however, they have culled interesting passages from some magazine or book here, new empirical evidence from a survey there.
They never substitute. They won't exercise the discrimination to weigh the new against the old. They won't sacrifice. They keep adding. And the speech bloats to thirty-five minutes, then to forty minutes.
Nothing truly new has been injected. Simply, the dead horse is thrashed and thrashed and thrashed until deafening boredom sets in.
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