Ok, this has been a pet peeve of mine for a very long time, and guess what? I'm now in a position to do something about it. I'm talking about the extended introduction that most speakers use to eat up a good five minutes of their alloted time with filler.
Everyone can agree on the following, with no need for each individual to state the obvious:
No one WANTS to give a talk in Church
You hate/blame/etc the Bishopric member that asked you to speak
It's been too short of time since you're last talk
You'll never answer another phone call from that number
You'll find a way to get back at the offending Bishopric member
You learned more from preparing the talk than those in attendance will learn from your talk
I attended BYU 1959-1964 on a baseball scholarship, and I can still whip you in softball - and not the pansy "men's"
slow-pitch type; but the real, 90 MPH pitch-could-kill-you type. I have one wife, 4 kids and 21 grand kids. My goal in life is to never to make enough money that the Church 'calls' me in my waning years to babysit 200 male juvenile delinquents(and 10 mature females) in a foreign country.