A close fishing buddy of mine loved to tell stories that supposedly happened to “good ole boys.” My favorite is this one about Leroy.
A man who wanted to be a truck driver had to pass a series of tests to get his license. Before the last meeting, he asked the examiners, “May I bring my traveling companion, Leroy? He goes with me everywhere I go.”
The examiners said, “Sure. No problem.”
The day of the final meeting came, and the examiners presented this would-be trucker with a challenging question. The examiner said, “You’re driving your truck when you come around a curve and see another truck on the one-lane bridge immediately ahead of you. You’re traveling sixty miles per hour and there’s no way you can stop in time. What would you do?”
“I’d wake up Leroy,” he answered.
“Why would you do that?”
“He’s never seen a wreck like this one!”
An application? When you conclude a speech to an audience which has provided you with new insights, you might say, “Thank you for awakening me to the great things your organization has done.”