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 13  June  2001    #     011
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I am primarily an engineer, so please forgive if this request
sounds stupid.
Post in I-Sales #1349

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Moderator's Comment
Pig!

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NEW DISCUSSIONS :

Putting Two and Two together
(Role Playing Games)
~ Eva & Gunjan mis-utilizing
Srivatsa's Post :-)
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Humor Snippets
           ~ Linda Dorfmont

Another Goof Up
           ~ Gunjan

Personalize Text Book Stories ... Should you ?
           ~  Gunjan
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  Useful Humor Tips

Conflicted Space
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Dear LaughMates,

No doubt you've seen this joke before:

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A man is driving down a road. A woman is driving down  the  same road from  the opposite direction.

As they pass each other, the woman leans out the window and yells "PIG!!"

The man immediately leans out his window and yells,  "B*TCH!!"

They each continue on their way, and as the man rounds the next  curve, he crashes into a huge pig in the middle of the road.
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This speaks to me on so many levels - all dealing with misunderstandings, lack of perspective and even cultural differences.

How many times, in the course of your (work) day, do you have an exchange with someone where, you say something perfectly innocent and they turn it into an insult, an offense, or something completely different from what you've said or intended?

You stand back, stupefied. You haven't a clue whence came all that anger, animosity, hostility or, simply, that interpretation???  Huh? And often, you are so surprised that you don't even know how to begin to defend yourself or to explain (and often, trying only makes it worse).

Does that ever happen to you? Where DOES it come from?

a) Some people are just obtuse and they will always look for the negative interpretation.
b) You're a lousy communicator and really need to beef up your vocabulary beyond those 50 words you use.
c) Someone is just having a bad day and is taking it out on you.
d) Someone has had MANY bad days, and expect to be beaten up again, so they are attacking first.
e) The person has a different cultural background than yours, and some of the words or phrases you used mean something entirely different in his world.
f) The person is simply a space alien trying to blend in.

And the answer is - Any of the above!

Tell me, what do you do when you find yourself in that situation? How do extricate yourself from that faux pas? Or do you make sure never to speak to that person again?

Please, send your replies to:
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=PIG

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====>  Putting Two and Two together


Dear LaughMates,

Received a post Mr. Srivatsa Kadaba Consultant, Change Management, which is related to humor in education.

Got a note from Eva asking me to think up a Role Playing Game to see if it would stimulate discussion.

So let's see if we can put 2 and 2 together.

Here's Srivatsa's Post -

This is an instance from school. I was, at the time of this incident in the 10th standard (10th grade). We had an old lady, a darling of a lady, one Mrs. Newman, as our class teacher. She was pretty notorious for being pretty long-winded on 2 counts - virtue/sin etc; and the other - her son.

One particular class, she asked us to take down some notes that she was to read out. I was a little sluggish in getting the notebook out of my bag and open. She spotted this and gleefully launched into attack, "Here Srivatsa!! Stop being so lazy. You people should  look at my son, how sharp he is!

Once he had a puncture in his bicycle tyre. He did not take the cycle to the mechanic as all of you do. He just dismantled the whole cycle himself and put it back together again."

In the hush immediately following her rambling, a voice from the back of the class says - "Great future for your son, ma'am".

Best Wishes
Srivatsa Kadaba
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
~ Winston Churchill


Would anyone like to take on this smart aleck at the back of the class? Put yourself in the shoes of the teacher now and tell us what you'd do or say now.

Eva and Gunjan
Your Greening Moderators
http://workinghumor.com

Comments?
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====>  Humor Snippets

>From Linda Dorfmont <DORFMONT@aol.com>

Hi,

I-Laugh Issue #10
(www.workinghumor.com/archives/issue10.htm)
starts with this humorous snippet -

> Heller's observation  :
>  I love work. I can sit and watch it done for hours.

 And when you get paid for it, it's called Industrial Engineering.

Linda Dorfmont
Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers

Comments?
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====> Another Goof Up

Hi Friends,

The great Dr. Kamath (who I mentioned in last week's issue) once remarked.

Life Sucks.
And then you die.
{Doctors keep getting smarter!}

Must have been talking about how you feel when there's one goof up after another. Remember my problem about the not working link. Well I made up little (humorous) sob story and gave them the link again. (This time I even tested it before sending) And yet again it didn't work from the issue. I just can't believe how it's possible.

Well for a few minutes I was glum, which reminded of Dr. Kamath's glum quote, which had my grin back. I'm sure I'll  think of a new sob story (unless somebody has a suggestion of course :-)

Just keeping you posted on my antics :-)

Gunjan
WZ-ard of Humorous Quotes
http://www.exwz.com/quotes

Comments?
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=====> Personalizing Text book Stories ... Should you?

Hello Friends (The hi was getting tedious)

I attended a presentation a couple of days back, on Training Future Leaders. Done by the HR chief of one the biggest software companies of India, it was a great program. And the speaker was extremely humorous and had lots of great tales.

However, there was something which caught my attention and I'd like to share it with you.

One of the examples he used to prove his point was the following story from his schooldays.

It seems a particular teacher was one hell of a sadist and used to love giving the toughest homework possible. When he went around collecting the work he used have a standard question for all those whose work wasn't complete.

"Couldn't do it, or didn't do it?" he would roar. The class was well aware that "couldn't do it" meant one whack with his ruler as opposed to two whacks if anyone answered "didn't do it". And so they used to meekly say couldn't do it.

However this new chap joined the class and he was the class joker in no time. And once the class was amazed when he boldly replied - "Didn't do it!" to the teacher's question.

The teacher was so used to hearing "Couldn't do it" that he was surprised too. So, instead of using the ruler glared at the boy and asked why he didn't do it? The snap answer - "Didn't do it - cause I couldn't do it"

I wouldn't like to go on about what happened to the boy (I wasn't there remember!) In fact that's the point I'd like to bring up. I've heard this 'personal experience' twice before and each of the three speakers who had this sadist teacher were of totally different age groups personally. Small World? :-) Or two many sadist teachers??   

I know most speaking manuals tell you (I'm reading 3 at present :-) to personalize stories and anecdotes that you're telling. But in my humble opinion personalizing saying - My favorite story, or the best example I've read is far better than trying to say it all happened to you. For me the speaker loses a lot of credibility when he tries to push someone else's
experience as his own.

Just my 2c's worth of course
Gunjan
http://www.workinghumor.com - Let your Humor Work for you !

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===========  Helpful Humor Tips    ==========

===> Conflicted Space

When advertising be careful that your ad/sponsor message is not in conflict with the medium or place or place of message.

An example to illustrate my point....

The little church in the suburbs suddenly stopped buying from its regular office supply dealer. So, the dealer telephoned Deacon Brown to ask why. "I'll tell you why," said Deacon Brown. "Our church ordered some pencils from you to be used in the pews for visitors to register."

"Well," interrupted the dealer, "didn't you receive them yet?"

"Oh, we received them all right," replied Deacon Brown, "However, you sent us some golf pencils...each stamped with the words, 'Play Golf Next Sunday'."
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