Take a goat and tie it to the rope; take the rope and tie it to the goat; they both mean the same.
When the man on my left got up to talk at our last kindred meeting, I knew we were in for a long boring speech. For me, this was yet another moment to show how vast he claimed he was in historical matters and politics. As usual, he started by reminding us of his great ancestral line, bombarding our brains with his mumbo jumbo which drew angry sighs and murmurs from all corners of the hall. He had barely talked about the topic for the day when a woman thundered from behind, “Shut up and sit down.” The look on the man’s face was one of shock and embarrassment. But he recovered quickly. He threatened and called her names. This, of course, prompted her to do the same. Some minutes later, our chairman was able to quell the noise, including all signs of dissent.
Everyone appreciates a good speech. In order to be able to address an audience effectively one must be objective, concise, time-conscious and simple. Stay on the topic and if there is nothing to contribute, don’t bother to speak at all. Like my late granny once said: “We’re all blessed with one mouth and two ears, so we can talk less and listen more.”