From the May 1948 magazine.

A "Platform Manner" Calls for Quick Exit

The evolution of the A.A. speaker is an interesting phenomenon to watch and perhaps it offers a warning that has to do with one of the most dangerous bogs encountered along the road to recovery.

Most alcoholics have an aversion to platform speaking--that is, when sober--though they may do plenty of talking at the bar, with or without introduction, when drinking. By the time they're ready for A.A., they have little confidence, they're skittish and nervous, and they prefer the background to the spotlight. So it probably is true that in the beginning most A.A.s dislike giving talks at meetings and do so only because they know it may help some newcomer get started or some other member keep going.

-- N.M.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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