One of the landmark moments for any teacher is when he or she is "surpassed" and learns something from one of his or her students.
This is what makes Paul Williams' recent coup-de-grace so wonderful. Turning the Surprise tables on yours truly, the head of the Idea Sandbox marketing consultancy (and the author of this stunning blog), Paul asked this somewhat hackneyed question as the grand finale of his email interview for my oft-mentioned (and hopefully incessantly-purchased) Pow! book:
7) Finally, what's the question you already have an answer to that hasn't been asked, and you wish it had?
Oh Christ! That's how I used to end interviews with rockstars like Peter Frampton and Kiss and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ask your parents, kids) when I was a teenage journalist. Their answers were usually wordless, communicated via a vacant look. I had to do better. So, I said:
And I always liked the answer: "To a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall, with a cast of 17, following a rambunctious night in a suite at the Plaza."
I'll leave it up to you to formulate the appropriate question.
I left it at that, thinking it would be left there as is. Imagine my Surprise then, when Paul deftly picked up the gauntlet I had tossed, and constructed the following:
What more can I say than: "Touche." And "Ouch."
But I must admit...it hurst so good!