The man on the stage is striding back and forth with a microphone, the cable trailing behind him. He’s in a suit – navy blue, with a red tie and short-cropped hair, his wide smile lit warmly by the stage lights. The heads in the audience rotate and follow him when he moves, his shiny shoes drumming on the blonde wood. He speaks with religious enthusiasm:
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew the answer just a little bit too late? That job interview where you didn’t know the capital of Nebraska. That date whose father died. The horse which came in fourth. Don’t you wish you could have known five minutes before you needed to know, not five minutes after?
My name is Kenneth Spooner and I’m here to tell you – you can. With my special twelve-step system you can know things before you need them, not after. Next time you need a fact at your fingertips you won’t need to worry, because you’ll know what you need to know when you need to know it. There are so many things you learn because you just might need to know someday. Why waste time learning when you could be out doing? With my unique training there’s no need to worry about exams, uncomfortable meetings, or long silences while you guess what to say next. I can help you eliminate useless time spent learning and allow you to reach your full potential.
Cindy asked me a question about geography. My first thought was, don’t worry, you’ll learn it when you need it. But what if that’s too late? Suddenly I had this vision of a motivational speaker.