By Susan Tomai
“Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man…” – so sang Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers Band back in ’73. And while the song may be a catchy bit of Southern-fried rock n’ roll, it’s bad advice for public speakers. In other words, don’t be ramblin’ when you’re speakin’ in public.
I’m often disappointed by the lazy interviews and speeches that prominent people deliver: meandering, too long, no particular point or message. To show real leadership, get to the point. Always establish clear, concise, well though-out messages, and deliver them with passion and style. Leave the ramblin’ to Dickie.