Monday, January 16, 2006

Are There Too Many Standing Ovations?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sorry to ruin the surprise, but there’s a 99.9 percent chance that Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive a standing ovation when accepting his Cecil B. De Mille award at tonight’s (Jan. 16) Golden Globes.

But is a standing “O” even special anymore? Not according to Jeff Slutsky, author of The Toastmasters International Guide To Public Speaking (Dearborn Press), because, as he puts it, “Everyone gets them,” even for mediocre accomplishments.

On the other hand, he says, “If you don’t get it, you feel like a complete idiot.”

While Slutsky thinks a standing ovation for Hopkins is “almost irrelevant,” he speculates that the actor will still feel special due to the nature of the award and the pre- produced This Is Your Life-style video they’ll show at the ceremony.

He muses, “What can you do to honor someone beyond a standing ovation?”

Slutsky doesn’t have any concrete ideas for society yet, but says whenever someone gives him a check, “that feels really special.”

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