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It was in September 2012, when Clint Eastwood, movie director and icon of macho movies, stole the show at the US Republican Convention. “Clint Eastwood stole the show at the Republican National Convention last week with a baffling, nearly incoherent speech that featured the 82-year-old actor conversing with an empty chair that was meant to represent President Obama.” – TheWeek.com
If you saw the video of his talk, you will notice that for someone of his calibre, a little preparation goes a very wrong way. The media were overall very critical of Eastwood’s talk and he received a lot of bad press as a result.
According to TheWeek.com, Eastwood still did not know what he was going to say on the morning of the convention. The idea of the chair came to him when he was just about to go on stage.
It seems so out of ‘character’ for someone who has produced, directed and acted in so many iconic movies including Rawhide, The Bridges of Madison County, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and many more.
Do you remember a time when someone said to you, “How am I supposed to do this?” Yes? You explained as best you could, yet your senses were screaming that this conversation was going nowhere. You tried again, this time going over the process with meticulous detail. And the more you explained, the worse things got. You realised you were not getting through. The other person eventually said they got it, to avoid embarrassment. But their eyes told a different story.
If you enjoy watching educational videos on TED.com, think about the last five presentations that you watched:
The reality is we remember so little after watching a TED talk or when we fly home after a conference. After a week, we remember less that 5% of the talks that impressed us most.
Unarmed American with Healthcare. The words were emblazoned on the back of the t-shirt that this lady was wearing at the gym. I had noticed her a few months back. That time the words on her t-shirt were, Wild women weekend. At first glance there’s nothing unusual about. Just a woman with some provocative words on her t-shirt. Then I realised that she is in her seventies. And still going strong.