The Microphone is Always On - Speaker | Mentor | Pádraic O'Maille | The Disciplines of Successs | Ireland

Reilly loved nothing more than a good laugh and he maintained he couldn’t have scripted this one.

The Mayor of Georgetown in Texas, Dale Ross, was chairing a meeting of the City Council when summoned, like many a good man before him, by a call of nature. As he departed for what the Americans call the washroom, the Deputy Mayor, a serious and taciturn girl called Rachael Jonrowe, took ownership of the meeting.

As she’s updating the assembled Council on matters of governance the Mayor is unaware that he continues to be wired up to the portable microphone attached to his tie, and that it’s still on. 

Over the public address there is the distinct and dulcet tones of the Mayor first urinating, then flatulating, and finally flushing. Such was the clarity of the reception that listeners on social media were later able to confirm that the Mayor neglected to wash his hands.

Readers who continue to question the veracity of Reillys stories can check this one out on YouTube


  • In life, as with the Mayor in the washroom in Georgetown, be aware that the microphone is always on.
  • Decades ago, Dale Carnegie counselled to ‘Never say anything bad about anyone. Ever.’ What wonderful advice. Imagine that from now, you and your business, developed the discipline and habit of never putting anyone down! Ever. 
  • Before you speak ‘THINK.’ 

   T – is it True?

   H – is it Helpful?

   I – is it Inspiring?

   N – is it Necessary?

   K – is it Kind?

  • So, as Goethe said a few years past ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’
  • Interestingly, another even more important conversation occurs every second of every minute of every hour of your life. A conversation with yourself. And for better or worse, that microphone is always on also. 


‘If you accustom yourself to speak well of others you are always in paradise.’


‘The most important story you will ever tell about yourself is the story you tell to yourself.’

—Jim Loehr.

That pearl of wisdom is so powerful I’ll say it again.

‘The most important story you will ever tell about yourself is the story you tell to yourself.’

—Jim Loehr.


  1. What difference would never saying anything bad about anyone ever again make to your life?
  1. What difference would it make if you edited the habitual stories you tell to yourself every second of your existence?
  1. What powerful stories have you experienced during Covid?

(If you’re interested in editing your personal and your business stories you could do worse than join a dynamic SMÁCHT group.

We started a lovely SMÁCHT online group last Wednesday. Regrettably not everyone who applied could get a space on it. If we receive further interest we would happily consider doing another one this summer. Please email Pádraic on or call at 0872647817.)