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21st November  2001    #     034
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"I am happiest when I am idle. I could live for months
without performing any kind of labour, and at the expiration
of that time I should feel fresh and vigorous enough to go
right on in the same way for numerous more months."
~Artemus Ward
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Moderator's Comment -
                                   ~ Gunjan
                                   ~ Eva
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NEW DISCUSSIONS

Tips on not letting your personal troubles
affect your work.
                           ~ Gunjan

Don't you love observant bosses?
                           ~ Eva

REPLIES

Public Speaking Tips
                             ~ Gunjan

HELPFUL HUMOR TIP
~ Gunjan

THIS WEEK'S HUMOR
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Moderator's Message
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Dear LaughMates,

We didn't get too many replies to our little
survey last week, but the few people who responded
said that their personal troubles did affect their work. I
was wondering why we didn't get even one reply from
anyone who wasn't affected sharing some tips, but
then I realized that although I'm one of the lucky ones
who doesn't get affected it's really hard to explain or
tell someone do this and you won't be affected.

Now since it is really hard, I have to give it a try
right? :-) If I manage to explain I'd have passed
on some helpful tips. If I fail, I'll make a fool of
myself and you'll have one good laugh on me.
Either way it promises to be an interesting issue.
Let's start with Eva's suggestion .....

With best wishes

Gunjan
http://www.workinghumor.com/jfp
coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

====> When You're Smiling...

Dear LaughMates,

One of the things that I always find ironic is people who contract to do a job, understand clearly the parameters of the job....then, after being hired, trained, etc....object to the parameters of the job.

Over the years, I've had a rather eclectic collection of jobs. I've done everything from sales, police tow, headhunting, child care, property management, even writing and taxes....
and more...

In all cases, I was expected to behave professionally on the job. My problems and private life, basically, did not belong in the office.

I accepted that, as matter of course, and always came into work with a smile on my face, no matter what tragedy and misery I was facing outside of work. And I found, very quickly, that coming in smiling, actually made me feel better. It gave me an excuse to be pleasant and happy all day. (I didn't have to get questioned about why I was morose or stressed. And, believe me, lack of repetition reduces your concentration on the negative.)

But, one day, I read an article (a looooooong time ago... 197x) about stewardesses (yes, not flight attendants, it was that long ago) complaining about having to smile on the job. They were about to go on strike because they didn't want to have to smile anymore.

These days, we can certainly identify. They are nervous and frightened. They are in a confined space with someone who might want to kill them. But that's now.

In general, in any service position, people are paid to be pleasant. They are paid to leave their personal problems behind. They are paid to be patient and polite to their employers' customers or clients. Naturally, if someone
crosses over the line, you can hang up, or turn the call over to a supervisor.

But why start out a conversation without a smile in your voice. You'd be surprised at how disarming it is to call someone and hear a smile. (You CAN hear the smile.) Their whole attitude changes before they even start talking
to you - especially when it's a complaint.

Sometimes, we get so absorbed in our own mundane, petty trivia, we forget to smile. Try it today. Every time you start a conversation with someone (in person or phone), start out with a smile.

(Ok, so they'll think you're nuts - or wonder what's really on your mind. And isn't that even more fun?)

Let us know how it works.
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=smile

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====> Tips on not letting your personal troubles affect your work.

Hi Friends,

Tip 1
I was reading a book last week titled 'Think your way to Happiness'. It's written by two sh... sorry psychiatrists. What I found amazing was that they were describing some techniques which I was very familiar with and have been using in my own way for years. Of course they had much more impressive and medical sounding words to describe it.

That reminds of a little joke (hope you won't mind if I digress a wee bit). Gunjan goes to a doctor for a routine health check up but adds that he hasn't been feeling too well lately. The doctor patiently does all the tests and is about to tell Gunjan what the problem with him is when Gunjan interrupts.
"Look Doc", he says "Whatever else may be the problem, I know I have a strong heart, and can take any kind of news. I also have a strong allergy to long medical terms that you all dish out. So give it to me plain and simple. What's the trouble with me?"

The Doctor stops for a second and then replies - "Ok, in the plainest and simplest terms, you're plain lazy, and you eat too much, which makes you overweight and causes all sorts of minor troubles."

Gunjan is shocked for a couple of minutes then asks gently - "Ok, Doc, Now can you tell me the long medical terms so that I can explain my problem to
my wife."

Getting back to the tip. Does getting fired (from a job) cause you misery. Or getting screamed at by your husband/wife? Think for a second is it really those actions which cause misery or your thoughts about the implications of those actions.

I mean if fighting with your wife meant that you wouldn't get any dinner then the thought of the no dinner would probably make you more miserable. If on the other hand every time you had a fight, your wife threw you out for the night and if it gave you a chance to visit your girl friend then the fight would make you happy instead of miserable. Right? ;-)

Both the above examples were extreme, but what I was trying to point out, was, that it's not as much the fight but what you think of it that really effects you. If you think it's bad you feel bad. If you think it's a calamity then you suffer like crazy and you feel it's no big deal then it doesn't affect you too much. (However this may bother her more which in turn .... but now we're getting off the subject again. :-)

The Psychiatrists found, that in the case of people who were depressed, their thoughts about events were irrational and thus caused more severe or extreme reactions than warranted. Going back to the first example getting fired lead them (depressed people) into thinking they were useless or other
strong thoughts which made them feel terrible. The Docs thus talk about something they call RET or Rational Emotional Therapy - replacing the irrational thoughts and fears with rational thoughts.

For me however once I had discovered that my happiness or misery depended on my thoughts I substituted terrible thoughts with fun ones. I guess the doctors would call it substituting one irrational thought with another irrational one.

Because of these irrational thoughts I'm able to handle things both in personal life as well as at work with loads of fun. For example I'm able to handle criticism of my writing style in I-Laugh pretty easily. I have set up this irrational thought in my mind that anybody who is criticizing my writing is doing so because they don't have much of a sense of humor or don't really follow English. (I'm not calling all of you (who don't like my style) names, I told you it was an irrational thought ;-). The result ..... you can say to me that I'm behaving like a "boastful university guy who is making a desperate attempt to prevail on others by trying to flash off his knowledge which he believes only he has" without ruining my day. Till I had set up my irrational
thought it would have ruined my week. :-)

A word of caution if you do decide to use this technique. Sometimes you tend to forget that the irrational thoughts that you've set up for yourself are irrational ones and start believing in them yourself. This can be disastrous. For example if I believe the irrational thought in the example above I'll start treating all criticism with disdain and miss genuine points that some well-wishers may be trying to point out. Remember they are irrational thoughts meant to take the sting out of unpleasant events and bring you a
smile and once you are smiling you can deal with rational thoughts and problems much more easily.

With best wishes,

;-)
Gunjan
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===> Observant Bosses

I once had a boss who could only see dark lining of every silver cloud. So me and a couple of friends thought we'd play a gag on him at our next outing with him which happened to be a duck hunt.

We got hold of a local magician to come along with us and to use hypnotism or illusion or whatever they use to make it look to our boss that our dog walked on water to retrieve the ducks.

We thought we'd have our boss's eye pop out.

On the fateful day as we waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by. My boss fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. However it looked spectacular. The magician was really good. It looked as if
the dog did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet. This continued all day long; each time a duck fell, the dog walked across the surface of the water to retrieve it.

My boss watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a single word.

On the drive home we could not bear our boss's silence any longer and finally asked him, "Did you notice anything unusual about our dog?"

"I sure did," responded Boss. "He can't swim."

Have you known any bosses like that or is mine special?

Eva Rosenberg
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====> Public Speaking Tips

Dear LaughMates,

We now move on to a series of Articles written
by Tom Antion on public speaking. I have found them
extremely helpful. Please let me know using the link
after the article whether you are enjoying it too.

Learn Material Easily Using Bits
(AKA Chunks or Series)

A bit is a section of material that is so related that it
makes it easy for you to memorize. Each point flows
naturally from one to the next so you can deliver the
information without notes (if you know your material).

Until I learned about bits, I never thought I could be a
professional presenter because I'm not great at
memorizing long talks. I discovered that no one
memorizes long talks. They have a mental or written
outline consisting of key words that trigger the individual
bit in their minds. Pros use this concept to be able to
deliver long presentations without the use of notes.

Becoming less dependent on notes has several advantages.
When you stand before a group and deliver information
without using notes your credibility automatically rises.
The audience thinks, "Wow! This person really knows
the material." Since you won't be tied to a lectern or
forced to hold notes, you can get physically closer to
the audience, or actually enter the audience on occasion.
The closer you are to them, the better you will connect.
When you leave the script at home you can talk naturally
to the audience rather than read to them. You will also be
more confident because you no longer have to worry
about your notes getting lost.

Using bits has another big advantage. We are busy people.
It's tough to find a spare hour or day to practice a full
presentation. Bits can be practiced when you have a few
minutes here and there. You will be more likely to practice
your material (and we all need practice) if you can practice
a three or five-minute chunk rather than the whole
presentation.

Next issue learn how to get the audience ready to laugh.

Tom Antion
Great Speaking

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Gunjan
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===========  Helpful Humor Tip  ==========

This week's Helpful Humor Tip is a tip on not letting your
personal troubles affect your work. Deja Vu anyone? :-)

(Gunjan)

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comprehend or understand any or all, in whole or in part of the
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1000.B If the pilot, or group of associated pilots becomes
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1000.D The Administrator may, at his or her option, require the
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