Unless I’m wearing hearing aids I won’t make the great speech you’re hoping for.
You know, my friends, that unless you hear brilliantly, It’s impossible to speak well.
Before I speak I need to put my hearing aids in
- My mother had excellent hearing all her life. She listened at keyholes. She kept in touch with her children’s phone calls about important matters which might impinge on the extended family.
- She had phenomenal hearing. She once heard me and Brian Cox lighting up Woodbine cigarettes behind the copper beech tree in our garden.
- She had patient hearing. She spent hours in the kitchen listening to me spout on about my beliefs, my thoughts, my feelings. She even asked me questions about my political rants.
My mother couldn’t afford to buy hearing aids.
Her hearing aid was the acute attention she paid to me -whatever & how ever I spoke, plus the attentive ear she gave to others, all her adult life.
And what about you?
The most important thing I know about you, I see written all over your face.
Deeply chiseled into your Toastmasterly character
- You love to be heard. You are no wallpaper – You are the leading actor in the Oscar-winning movie “My dramatic life” – you are the Linchpin.
- In your deepest heart, you wantthe person sitting next to you to wear hearing aids, before they speak to you.
- You want them to listen to you as if their life depended on it
Last evening, I was cooking spaghetti Like my daughter said over spaghetti in the kitchen last night, “Dad, all I want for you is your attention, that’s what I call love.”
This evening, you expressed it through your body language, the way you settled into your seat.
You wanted all of us speakers to pay attention to you our . It was as if you spoke to me “Paul, pay attention to me before you speak.”
Where are your hearing aids now?
Isn’t it so uplifting to be in the midst of a community of friends who listen to each other – genuinely listen.
Friends genuinely listen to you, friends listen well.
you’re going to leave here and go out into the garden and hillside of a wider community.
you’re going to take your hearing aids with you – just as your best friends do.
like my mother, you have excellent, phenomenal & patient hearing.
I must arise and go now, and take my hearing aids out.
Let me trust you to leave your hearing aids turned on.
Let me trust you to listen well
I trust you to speak superbly and wear your hearing aids with pride.