2Know Your Point
We all know a thing or two about points. After all, we refer to points all the time:
“Get to your point!”
“What’s your point?”
“Please stick to your point.”
Yet all too often, people confuse a point with something else: a theme, a topic, a title, a catchphrase, an idea. We believe a good speech can simply be about supply-side economics, the benefits of athleticism, the role of stepmothers, or the summer you spent in Costa Rica.
But none of these are actual points.
Imagine a child’s history paper on the American Revolution. If you asked him for his point, he might say it’s about the American Revolution.
That’s a topic.
He might also say it’s about George Washington and the Founding of America.
That’s a title.
He might even say ...