Albert Einstein is reputed to have had a wholesome disregard for the tyranny of custom. Once, a dinner, hosted by the president of Swarthmore College, was held in his honor. Although Einstein was not scheduled to speak during the event–only to receive an award–after the award was made, the audience clamored ‘Speech, speech!’ The president turned the podium over to him. Einstein reluctantly came forward and said only this: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I am very sorry but I have nothing to say.’ And then he sat down.
A few seconds later he stood back up and said, ‘In case I do have something to say, I’ll come back.’
Some six months later, Einstein wired the president of the collage with this message: ‘Now I have something to say.’
Another dinner was held, and this time, Einstein made a speech.
If you have nothing to say…it’s wise to say nothing. If you have something to say…it’s wise to say it in as few words as possible. As the old saying goes, ‘If your mind should go blank, don’t forget to turn off the sound.’