Irony, as a rhetorical device, is rarely encountered in speeches nowadays, especially at financial or advisor meetings.
When irony is used, I believe its best that it be done sparingly; better applied with a scalpel than a trowel, so to speak. In light of these reflections, imagine my surprise to find that the keynote speaker at the opening general session of the annual meeting of the Financial Planning Association in Denver not only employed irony in his talk but heaped it on until the stage was overflowing.
The speaker was none other than Ben Stein. Yes, that Ben Stein, he of Ferris Bueller fame and author and TV personality. The session, entitled “And How to Save It: Entering the Golden Age of Financial Planning,” echoed the title of Steins new book, which also was being touted at the meeting.
Herewith, Stein on 20+ ways to ruin your life: