When I arrived, the producer asked me, “What is the title of your second speech?” And I was like, “What second speech?” It turned out that I was supposed to deliver two 20-minute speeches, not one. Yikes. I had 10 minutes in between make-up and waiting for the event to start to create another 20-minute speech. I didn’t try to escape by climbing through the open window in the toilet. See, kids, this is what separate the men from the boys.
One of the 2 speeches below was put together in 10 minutes. Identifying which one is an exercise left to the reader.
As if that is not enough last-minute pressure, the producer also said to me, “We know you are a prominent Buddhist, and our audience is mostly conservative Christians, so we like you to be mindful with your use of words.” From his body language, I could tell it was his courteous Asian way of communicating what an American would say, “Don’t F this up.” The good news is after I finished speaking, my hosts had nothing but huge smiles on their faces. I never doubted the trans-religious appeal of my message, but it’s good to see my hosts coming to the same conclusion. I’m guessing my trans-religious good looks didn’t hurt either.
The third video below is my conversation with the audience together with Dr Si-Hyung Lee, a distinguished Korean psychologist and author of numerous best-selling books. He wrote a very nice review of the my book which starts with, “I have nothing more to say other than to call him a genius.” We had a great conversation and a lot of fun together on stage.
And here they are: