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16th January  2002    #     042
"To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery
of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill."
~ Charles Caleb Colton


Moderator's Comment -
                              ~ Gunjan


Alternate Caption
                             ~ from Arik Schenkler

Speaker Tips
                             ~ from Tom Antion


Show Me!
                 ~ Gunjan

I Answered All My Spam
                   ~ From Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest


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humor to overcome a tough situation or seen or heard
someone else doing it those would make great posts

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to tell us in a para or two about anybody who makes
you smile or laugh at work. Whether they are amusing
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such person.

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coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

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 >From Arik Schenkler <shenkler@netvision.net.il>

Gunjan shalom,

Another remark to this cartoon -
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"Are you sure the tree was here before...."

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Comments -

===> Speaking Tips

Here's the next article in the series of public speaking
tips from Tom Antion.


One of the worst mistakes you can make as a presenter
is talking too long. Not only will you send some folks to
never, never land, you will make some of them downright
mad. It doesn't matter if your entire talk was brilliant and
the audience came away with information that will change
their lives. If you talk too long, they will leave saying,
"That speaker just wouldn't quit." Don't let this happen
to you! Say what you have to say and sit down. Before
you do, give them a well thought out closing.

The last thing you say may be the most remembered. You
must put as much time into selecting and practicing your
closing as you put into any other part of your presentation.
Just like your opening, your closing does not have to be
humorous. It could be motivational, challenging, thoughtful,
respectful of the length of the presentation, or it could restate
your point in a different way. This ending segment will have a
strong influence on what the audience takes home with
them when you are done. Please, at sometime during your
talk ask the audience to do something. Many a great NO
ZZZZZs talk went no further than the walls of the meeting
room because the audience wasn't moved to action. If you
haven't ask them to do something by now, the closing is
your last chance.

If the subject is appropriate, I happen to be fond of humorous
closings for several reasons. If you leave them laughing and
applauding, you will exit, but an extremely positive impression
about you will remain. Another good reason to leave them
laughing is that the room will not be deadly silent as you
are walking back to your seat. I hate when that happens. I
do love laughter and feeling good; finishing a talk humorously
gives me and the audience an opportunity to feel great. Talks
that are for entertainment purposes only should generally
leave the audience laughing.

Finally, if the subject is not appropriate to end with laughter,.
you could end with a touching story or quotation that leaves
the audience thoughtful and quiet. Even the most serious
subjects can benefit from humor, but the humor should be
sprinkled throughout the body of the presentation. Don't put
it at the end because closings are powerful and the audience
will think your overall attitude toward the subject is flippant.

This same technique can be very effective in ending a mostly
humorous presentation. Have them laughing all along while you
make your points. Then finish seriously. This contrast will
create a great impact. It will convey the fact that you believe
in a lighthearted approach to the subject, but the results are
very serious to you.

Tom Antion
Great Speaking

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Failed cover up (For those who haven't)

Some Things never change

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====> Show me!

Hi Friends,

Last week the scheme which I had from my ISP
ran out. Since they have increased their prices by
35% I thought I'd take a look around and see
what the alternatives were. I stumbled across a
pack by HCL Infinet which was approximately half
the cost as my old ISP. The only problem was that
the wordings on the pack were not very clear. On one
hand it said 50 hour pack on the other it said 4 month

The shopkeeper confirmed that this was indeed a 4
months unlimited pack and since I've been buying
stuff from this shop on and off for the past two years
I happily purchased the pack. To my dismay it turned
out to be a 50 hour pack.

The customer support email address given on the pack
for HCL Infinet was wecare@hclinfinet.com so I promptly
shot them off an email explaining in detail the problem
and whether they could help me to convert this to a four
month unlimited pack. I get a one line reply saying - we
would like to confirm that you have bought a 50 hour pack.
Holding back my irritation I sent them another mail explaining
that I wasn't asking which pack I had got and that I could
manage to read English, repeating the problem and asking
if they could help me in any way. I get a one line reply again
saying this is not their problem and I should take up this
problem with the shopkeeper.

I know I can do that. He'll probably be sweet enough to give
me a refund too though I've used up one hour from the pack
in this silly exercise but that's not why I bring up this issue
here. It's the attitude of HCL Infinet. All the talk, all the hype,
about how much they care but the moment a customer has
a problem complete apathy.

It reminded me of the song from the movie My Fair Lady -

Sing me no song, read me no rhyme
Don't waste my time, show me
Don't talk of June, don't talk of fall
Don't talk at all, show me
Never do I ever want to hear another word
There isn't one I haven't heard

Of course in the movie Eliza was talking about love,
but in my opinion it holds good for customer service
too. All the words, fancy brochures or 'wecare' email
addresses won't have half the effect that reaching out
to help a customer has.

When Phil had just started sponsoring I-Laugh, in the
second or third month he got extremely poor click-thrus
from us. In the next month without him asking I added
3-4 extra banners, put in 2-3 ads in my other publication
Jest for Pun and fortunately he got a great result the very
next month. Since then (thanks to all you wonderful
Laughmates) Phil has got good results from us and I've
never needed to put in extra ads in JFP again.

A thousand words or explanations, in my opinion wouldn't
have been half as effective in convincing Phil that we truly
care about his business.

[Talking of Phil, last month as he confirmed that he was
getting good results from us and would continue to be
our sponsor, he finished off by saying - Just send me a
reminder every month saying "It's time to pay, Phil!"
This month he sent our payment before I could
remind him, prompting me to send him a mail saying -
"Hey that's not fair, Phil, you didn't give me a chance to
remind you!" I bet that's the first 'complaint' letter he has
got for paying early. :-). It's great fun doing business with Phil
and Clara. Hope you'll try it out too if you aren't already.]

Getting back to the point we were discussing, in my opinion
a customer who for any reason is not completely happy
and takes the time and trouble to let you know instead of
just walking away is a great opportunity. SHOW HIM you
truly care and 9 times out of 10 you'll have a lifetime

BTW- I have just renewed my old Tatanova connection
even at 35% increased rates. The HCL Infinet connection
is as bad as the service - terribly slow and keeps
disconnecting every few minutes.

www.workinghumor.com - Let your Humor Work for you!

Comments and examples of out of the way service -

====> I Answered All My Spam

Hi Friends,

I believe Spam is one of the most irritating problems
troubling the internet today. I'm sure that it must be
bothering you too and making you frown while you
dab away the delete button. Well, here's a satire
which makes light of the situation. It brings me a
smile while I still keep hitting the delete button.
Hope it brings you a smile too.


I Answered All My Spam

 I never know what I might find,
 on any day I go online.
 I used to get in quite a huff,
 while wading through unwanted stuff.
 But then I changed the man I am,
 the day I answered all my spam.

 Now every time I check my box,
 I load up on fantastic stocks.
 I'll gladly say I felt no loss,
 when, with a smile, I fired my boss.
 With just one click, the best thing yet,
 I freed myself of all my debt.

 I have, paying a few small fees,
 ten university degrees.
 Now that I'm losing all this weight,
 I'm sure, someday, I'll get a date.
 Instead of going to a show,
 I spy on everyone I know.
 (That's easy, since I have in hand,
 this nifty wireless video cam.)

 I spend my evenings viewing screens,
 of barely legal horny teens.
 And with a little credit charge,
 Whoopee! My penis was enlarged!
 Meanwhile these shots of Britney Spears
 should be enough to last for years.

 And so I lead this online life,
 my monitor is now my wife.
 It has become my greatest dream,
 to launch my own get-rich-quick scheme.
 And if you think you might get missed,
 relax, you're on my e-mail list.

by Alex Silbajoris, Columbus, Ohio
From Dr Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest


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

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and
say, "I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous
girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you
says, "He's fantastic in bed."
That's Advertising.

You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get
her telephone number. The next day you call and say,
"Hi, I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Telemarketing.

You're at a party and see a gorgeous girl. You get up and
straighten your tie; you walk up to her and pour her a drink.
You open the door for her, pick up her bag after she drops it,
offer her a ride, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Public Relations.

You're at a party and see a gorgeous girl. She walks up to
you and says, "I hear you're fantastic in bed."
That's Brand Recognition.

(Thanks Dr Stan Kegel)

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