Being a lightning rod gives one a heady, slightly edgy sensation. After last week’s column, I had an almost physical sense of the energy flowing through the MeetingsNet Web site, as colleagues debated the merits of a conference keynote who was long on substance but short on presentation skills. Who knew that anyone could tap such a deep well of fact, argument, and emotion just by suggesting that a speaker’s first and highest duty is to know what he or she is talking about? The notion of ...

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