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Moderated by : Eva Rosenberg  mailto:eva@workinghumor.com

Assisted By : Gunjan Saraf   mailto:gunjan@workinghumor.com

28th November  2001    #     035
"To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace;
to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity."
~  William A. Ward


Moderator's Comment -
                                    ~ Gunjan
                                    ~ Eva


Tips on not letting your personal troubles
affect your work. Tip 2
                            ~ Gunjan

Great Openings Lines
                           ~ Gunjan

Tips on not letting your personal troubles
affect your work. Tip 1
                            ~ Brenda Moore

Public Speaking Tips
                              ~ Gunjan

~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Dear LaughMates,

I have a little confession to make. Last week's issue had an article titled Observant Bosses credited to Eva. In fact Eva sent me the joke, asked me to change it so that it became work related and then post it. So the grammatical error in the article was mine, not hers.

Which brings us to an interesting thought for this week. If you've made a mistake at work and nobody has pointed it out do you just ignore it, pretend it never happened, and go on....


Do you make it a point to apologize and bring it to everyone's notice?


Or do you bring it up casually almost as another topic, so that the people who had noticed it and been gracious enough not to point it out, realize that you've realized your error yet it's done smoothly enough to not make it an


If you think none of the above three approaches make sense and have a better alternative.....


I would love to know, whether I am handling this reasonably well in the eyes of our Laughmates, or if they have any suggestions on how I could have handled it better and what they do in situations like this.

Hoping to hear views....
With Regards,

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

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The Other Moderator Says a Few Words

Hi LaughMates,

I really had to laugh, seeing Gunjan's notes above.

Being an immigrant to America, with English not having been my first language, I have always made an effort to be most careful in how I use the language.

I suppose this made me thoroughly obnoxious in school. Especially, when, in the EIGHTH grade someone finally introduced me to the parts of speech. (Can you imagine? I went through so many years in California schools and no one had introduced this fundamental information to
me before?! Don't ask.)

Yes, I'll admit that I was one of THOSE girls. The ones who always knew everything - and had to get perfect grades. The one who would argue with a teacher to get 100% when she'd already gotten 98.5% - so what's
the difference?

I guess to me, the difference is, if I am right, I want to be credited for it. I don't want someone to treat my correct work as if it were wrong. (I had used a dictionary definition for a vocabulary word and the teacher was not familiar with that definition. She hadn't read the dictionary.)

On the other hand, when I am wrong....sigh. And that does happen so often...When I am wrong or make a mistake, or find a mistake, what do I do?

Aside from brooding about it, berating myself and all that other self-flagellation stuff that comes even without being Catholic? Hmmpf. I go find the person who is affected by my error and I use this technique, "Hi, Steve, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, I'm going to give you a discount on your next bill. The bad news is...."

They are never as nasty to me as I am to myself. Most people are usually kind to me when I point out my errors. In fact, we get off the phone laughing. Always.

And then, I can stop losing sleep.

I will admit, when it's a BIG mistake, it takes me a few days to get up the courage. But I find it's always best to reveal the problem yourself. You really don't want your clients to get a notice from IRS, or from a vendor, or from a customer....about something you did wrong.

Let's face it. If you alert them to the problem quickly, they have time to fix it. Before they get egg on their faces.

So, as Gunjan asked, how do you handle the intense embarrassment of your errors? Tell us a story.

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg
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=====  New Discussions  =====

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

Hi Friends,

Tip 2

Have you noticed that we have a natural state? A state where we normally tend to be most of the time. For example while I was working in advertising my natural state was rushed. It was working 12-14 hours a day. Working on week ends. And having work on my brain even when I was not working.

At such time if there was a day when I hadn't done any work it felt as if I had wasted a day in my life. When I first started visiting Bethany High it was difficult for me to believe that we could set aside pending work to play table tennis at the time we had set up for TT.

It took me a long time to get used to the fact that the relaxation was equally important.

Similarly in our personal lives we have our natural states. We can be forever frowning, agitated, sad, or we can be happy and relaxed. I've noticed that people who are naturally grumpy can have a great time, enjoy a couple of 'rolling on the floor' laughs, and yet get back to their natural state of grumpiness in no time. On the contrary people who are naturally cheerful will get back to their cheerful selves in no time even after extreme provocation when they may get terribly upset for some time but miraculously flow back to natural state. (I think our moods are liquid and tend to flow to their level of balance.)

So take stock. Check what your natural state is. If its agitated, grumpy or even depressed don't lose heart. With a couple of months of consistent monitoring you can change your natural state and after that you'll find your own once natural state foreign to you and flow to the natural state you have picked and assigned yourself.

Hope you find this tip useful. Please do let me know what you think of it.

With best wishes,

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===> Great Opening Lines

Hi Laughmates,

If I have a complaint against I-Laugh it's that our opening lines don't measure anywhere close to some of the great ones I've been seeing around. So ever the eager student I'll be studying some great newsletter opening lines.

If you run a list some of these openers should be interesting for you too. In fact even if you don't run a list it may give you some interesting ideas for starting your speeches, presentations or other public communications.

(If you are going to use anything more than the ideas please take permission from the appropriate person and give credits. Thank You)

 >A few days ago, I was sitting at my local Starbucks, trying
 >to catch up on some newsletters.
 >Furiously reading, I was oblivious to all that was happening
 >around me.
 >Suddenly, I stopped and noticed that one of the employees
 >was staring at me. She was cute and I said, "Hi."
 >"Do you know that you move your lips when you read?" she
 >"Yeah," I replied, my brow furrowing. "I know that."
 >"They say that people who move their lips when they read
 >comprehend concepts about 20% slower than other people," she
 >Summoning a wit sharpened and honed over the years on the
 >backs of a plethora of verbal adversaries, I retorted, "So...
 >whaddaya saying?"
 >Not my finest moment.
 >Enjoy this week's issue!

[Opening to Damon's Web Business Today.
To subscribe - send mail to
To contact Damon

WZ-ard of Humorous Quotes
WZ-ard of Humorous Poetry

Comments on these opening lines or if you have seen
any great opening lines-

=====  Replies =====

====> Tips on not letting your personal troubles
affect your work. (Tip 1)

 >From Moore <bmoore58@home.com>

Hi, Gunjan!

I feel funny responding to this site because I don't work outside the home, but I could use a little humorous assistance with just living, which is how I found you in the first place.

Just wanted to say a word back about your book that talked about replacing irrational thoughts, from the "shrinks". The trouble is, if you escape the preachers, you fall into the hands of the shrinks, either way your soul is not your own. So to speak, ;).

But I admit those were some good points, "it is not good that the man should be alone", sometimes when we are "alone" with our own thoughts we lose perspective--and it is a risky business to share your inner self with other people.

A shrink my son went to talked about "cognitive restructuring" --it sent cold shivers down my spine, it sounded like "brain washing" to me. But if your head is full of destructive unbalanced thoughts maybe it needs to be washed.

I think we are creatures of habit, and pretty fragile ones at that, it's easy to imagine things are more against us than they are and make life harder than it has to be.  So yes, I think your article was very good.  I remember that book from a while back, "how to be your own best friend".  I never read it, but I can guess the gist of it now, I've thought of it myself, to try to step outside yourself and be objective and advise yourself as you would a loved friend, and also to be LENIENT with yourself, as you would be with a friend you love.  It's amazing how I can be so selfish and yet so
self-condemning at the same time, I must be a genius. Or schizo.

So, I like to absorb laughs, but I don't have any to share, sorry.  Just a dead weight here, but I appreciate your site. ;)

Brenda Moore

[Ed Note - Brenda we don't think you are dead weight here and appreciate having you with us. You don't need to share laughs to be important to us. Your opinions on the laughs are equally important.]

====> Public Speaking Tips

Dear LaughMates,

Before we move to the next article in the series.
I'd like to bring up how the speakers among
Laughmates prepare for your speeches. Do you
use bits too? Any tips on preparation of bits.

Scott, Eva, Srivatsa, Santosh, Dan, Doc, and all
those of you who haven't even let us know yet that
you are great speakers, how about taking off
15-20 minutes to share a tip with your Laughmates.

Thanks in anticipation,
coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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

Making Mistakes: Three Things to Do When They Happen

3. Have fun with your mistakes:
If you skip a topic, drop a laser pointer, forget a
PowerPoint slide, or the audio-visual equipment
doesn't work well, it's okay to point it out
to the audience, make a BRIEF joke, and move on.

[Excerpt from an article by Kirby Tepper in
Power Public Speaking Monthly

Does it work for grammatical mistakes in
issues of newsletters ..... ?? ;-)

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments :

===========  This week's Humor  ==========

The fourth-grade teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes.
When she returned, she found the children in perfect order.
Everybody was sitting absolutely quiet.

She was shocked and stunned and said, "I've never seen anything
like it before. This is wonderful. But, please tell me, what came
over all of you? Why are you so well-behaved and quiet?"

Finally, after much urging, a little girl said, "Well, one time you
said that if you ever came back and found us quiet, you would
drop dead."
(From Stan Kegel's Groaners Digest)

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