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19th December  2001    #     038
"I dreamed I was a butterfly. Now that I am awake I wonder,
am I a man who dreamed he was a butterfly or am I butterfly
dreaming that I am a man?
~ Lao Tsu


Moderator's Comment -
                                    ~ Gunjan


Telemarketing Story
                           ~ D.C Stultz

Speaking Tips
                            ~ From Tom Antion


Performics' Black Friday
                            ~ From Revenews Digest

How do you spend your leisure?
                           ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Dear LaughMates,

Don't blame if this issue and the next are
extremely short. I'm not really in a work frame
of mind and judging from the posts neither are you.

In fact, a couple of days back Stephanie sent out
a url in the New Thought discussion group. It read

Since my action plan for the next couple of weeks
is pretty similar ..... to not work or atleast work as
little as possible I immediately thought the above
url discussed leisure ideas and plans and rushed
over to compare notes.

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that Action
Plan was trying to tell me why my marketing plan
was not working! (How do they know whether it's
working or not? Do they know if I even have one?)

Well whether theirs works or not I'm certainly not
in the frame of mind to read through a 2000 word
article (or was it 5000) and I bet neither are you...

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Stuffing..... I'll leave you to enjoy this short issue.

With no further ado, Here's I-Laugh 38......

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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===> Telemarketing Stories


Several years ago I got really upset about telemarketers
calling, so I wrote a letter to the editor of your local
newspaper. In it I recommended that we start a movement
called SOUPS -- for Stamp Out Unsolicited Phone Sales.
And, I recommended that the next time someone got one
of those calls that they reply, "Just a minute, the soups on.",
then put the phone on the counter, cover it with a soup
pan and bang like hell on the pan with a wooden spoon.

Two days after the letter was published in the paper, our
phone rang and my wife answered.


"Is Mr. Stultz there, please?"

"No, he is not here right now."

"Would you please take a message for him?"


<pause> "BAM!  BAM! BAM!" <click>

Wake up to the Morning Message on
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
Send a message to dc@darlcomm.com
with 'Morning Message' in the subject or body.

Comments -

====> Speaking Tips

After quite a gap let's get back to the series of
articles by Tom Antion. In the last article Tom
told us about bits. Let's see what he has for us
this time......

In Fun

Tom Antion
Washington, D.C.

Sigmund Freud wrote:
      "The most favorable condition for comic pleasure is a
     generally happy disposition in which one is in the mood
     for laughter. In happy toxic states almost everything
     seems comic. We laugh at the expectation of laughing,
     at the appearance of one who is presenting the comic
     material (sometimes even before he [she] attempts to
     make us laugh), and finally, we laugh at the
     recollection of having laughed."

This concept has been termed "in fun" by people that study
humor. If you want your audience to laugh, they must be in fun.
You, the speaker, must be in fun. The emcee or program
coordinator must be in fun. The whole program should be
designed in fun.

Don't do anything to take them out of in fun. Don't discuss
controversial subjects like religion or politics and don't make
unfriendly comments to audience members. If a problem occurs
which must be dealt with, find an in fun way of doing so. For
instance, if I'm at a presentation and someone asks me who I
voted for I say, "I voted for the USA." That's a cute way to say
that I really don't want to talk about it.

Retired NSA member and one of the greatest humorists of all time
Dr. Charles Jarvis, told me about a friend of his who was an
excellent speaker, but lost his audience when he forced someone
to turn off a tape recorder. He was so nasty about the way he
said it that the in fun audience totally turned against him.

An in fun audience is more critical for the speaker who is there
to entertain, but the concept should be in the back of every
presenter's mind. Your material may be controversial by nature,
but that doesn't mean that you should go out of your way to do
or say things that will take the audience further out of in fun.

Also, pay close attention to the total program. One friend of
mine had to present comical material just after a passionate plea
went out to the audience to collect funds for starving babies. He
came on stage just after the teary eyed audience had seen slides
of emaciated children. If you ever get caught in this situation,
DON'T start right in with your humorous material. Start out
gently with a sincere reference to what the audience has just
seen. Cut most of your early humor and get to your subject to
ease the audience's transition to your more lighthearted topic.

How do you put in fun into practice? One time I had a
ventriloquist introduce me at an early morning meeting to
wake up everyone and get them in fun. You could pass out
fun snacks to the audience or put balloons on their chairs.
Meeting announcements and agendas can be decorated with
cartoon characters. Funny props are great for putting people
in fun. Do anything you can to be sure your audience knows
that it's OK to laugh.

Next issue learn the techniques of good timing.

Tom Antion
Great Speaking

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Comments ...

Cartoon Break

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====> Performics' Black Friday

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, when employees of
affiliate marketing solution provider Performics showed up
to work on Friday, December 7th, they were greeted by
managers dressed in black. Oddly, there were also black
balloons scattered around the offices, causing some to
ponder whether or not this was to be a morbid layoff party.

As it turns out though, the opposite was true. The company
was celebrating it's new found profitability with an
"In the Black" party.


Posted by J.D. Ashcraft in the Revenews Digest
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Reposted in I-Laugh by Gunjan cause he thought it was
a great idea. What do you think?

Comments :

====> How do you spend your leisure?

Hi Friends,

A lot of people's holidays and leisure activities
can be summed up by this haiku by
William Warriner...

A tropical beach,
at last, I trace in the sand
a lazy spreadsheet.

I used to go through these phases, when I found
it extremely hard to relax. Work used to be in my
head all the time. Now, I find it easier and easier
to relax to the extent that sometimes I'm so relaxed
I find it difficult to work (like now ;-).

What's your situation? Are you able to keep a
healthy balance? Any tips on how you manage...


coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

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

(This one is for Dr. Shridhar, Dr. Kullu and Dr. Rajiv :)

A woman was having a medical problem - her husband snoring.
So she called the doctor one morning, and asked him if there
was anything he could do to relieve her "suffering."

"Well, there is one operation I can perform that will cure
your husband, but it is really rather expensive. It will
cost $1000 down, and payments of $450 for 24 months,
plus payments for extras."

"My goodness!" the woman exclaimed, "sounds like leasing a
new sports car!"

"Humm," the doctor murmured, "too obvious, huh?"

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