John was not used to speaking in front of a group, and it showed. He hunched his tall and lanky frame, clutched the chair in front of him, and when he began to speak, he blushed.
Although he was a guest at the meeting of BioToasters, a group of local scientists that practice public speaking together, he had been asked to start the meeting with a joke. He spent five minutes telling a story about a man stuck on a desert island.
“There was nothing on the island but a treasure chest,” he said. “No, wait, a treasure chest and two palm trees. Actually, the treasure chest was on a different island a little ways away from the man, so he couldn’t reach it. Oh yeah, and the man had an ax with him, so he cut down one of the palm trees to make a bridge to the treasure chest. When he got there, he opened it, and guess what he found?