The Mises Institute’s Mises University summer program, my favorite week of the year, starts in a matter of days. As with last year, alongside my formal responsibilities is an optional “Evening with Tom Woods.” I have been given no special instructions as to what I should do during this evening.
To be sure, this is a flattering reflection of the confidence the event organizers must have in me. At the same time, it makes the event all the more challenging. When someone gives me a topic, I run with it. When I have to come up with my own, I’m always second-guessing myself. Here’s what I wound up doing last year:
Any suggestions for this year’s “evening”? I am toying with something other than a standard speech. I’d love to get some audience participation going, but something other than a typical Q&A.
UPDATE: For example, at a student conference I went to last month, there was a session in which students were invited to volunteer to subject themselves to audience questions for about three minutes, with the idea being that we ought to help people become better communicators of our ideas. Everyone loved this. What about this idea, perhaps with modifications?
Do you guys have any ideas?