Twenty-minute speech

The CEO of a major corporation is asked to give an address to shareholders at the yearly meeting. He asks the company press officer to write him a twenty-minute speech. When the CEO returns from the convention, he is furious at the press officer.

“Are you trying to kill my career?” the CEO barks. “I asked for a twenty-minute speech and you give me an hour-long speech. People were standing up and walking out.”

“No,” says the press officer, “I gave you exactly what you requested—a twenty-minute speech and two extra copies.”