“Wait — you’re not Hugh Grant? Whoops.”

Teddy Wayne pens a fantastic, farcical tips article for public speaking.

One of my favorite tips:

Focus on one person in the middle of the crowd throughout your speech. Afterward, trail him home. Knock on his door. Offer an introduction like, “Hi. I’m from the speech. Earlier.” He’ll reply with something along the lines of, “I know. Um…what are you doing here?” “I thought”—you’ll stammer, searching for the right words—“I just thought we could hang out, maybe, and be friends.” “I have friends,” he’ll probably say. “And I’m with my family now.” Blurt out, too quickly, “I’m not trying to replace your family!” He’ll close the door in your face, gently, more out of pity than fear. Don’t use him as a crowd-focusing person for the next speech, because it would be weird.

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