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13th March  2002    #     050
Common sense is not so common.
~ Voltaire (French Historian and Writer of the 18th Century)


Moderator's Comment -
                          ~ Gunjan
                  ~ Eva


Speaker Tips
                               ~ from Tom Antion

         Intimidated by Your Audience?
                       ~ Eva Rosenberg

Favorite Stories
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Moderator's Message

Dear LaughMates,

I always enjoyed Voltaire's quote (it's above, in
case you missed it) but I don't think I've seen it
in action so many times in one week.

First there was this 'subscriber' of Jest for Pun who
sends me a note asking me to stop sending him all
this advertising. Now Jest for Pun is a double opt-in
list to which you cannot get subscribed unless you
confirm your participation. Then it's full of puns,
groaners and rhymes with just a couple of ads
thrown in, so I was wondering what he meant by
stop send me all this advertising. I would have
understood him having difficulty in unsubscribing
and asking me to stop sending all this punny stuff or
even all this garbage but how difficult is it to differentiate
between a joke and an ad?
(Actually, watching Coca-Cola's ads in India,
maybe it IS getting difficult!o)

Then, in a list that I participate in, a particular poster
had a post about how he benefited from a book
whose copyright had expired. The moderator sent
a short and sweet message asking how do you find
out which books' copyrights have expired. He then
explained more about book publishing that most
publishing groups, but without answering the direct
question. (I'm not reading any more of his posts, so I
have no idea whether he has finally got to the point!)

And I spent a futile half an hour trying to explain to
someone that there was no need to call Rev. Thomas
Mr. Rev. Thomas as Rev. was his Title.

Why can't I use my common sense and ignore
people without common sense ??

While I'm busy debating with myself on these
'come on sense' issues, you might as well enjoy-
Issue #50 of I-Laugh.

With best wishes (Beware the Ides of March ;-)

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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===> A Word from the Other Moderator

Dear LaughMates,

Sorry to be so conspicuously absent.

For us, here in the USA, it's the height of tax season.
And since I make my living preparing tax returns, this
is when I get even less sleep than usual.

Add that to my commitments to AffilliateFORCE2002.com
this very week and to the InternetMarketingConference.com
next month....I am, naturally, over committed, once again.

My husband cheerfully looks upon all this stress and overload
with his usual kind humor. Knowing how precious little free
time I have, he comes home quickly from the first half of
his split shift, often by 8:30 a.m., bringing steaks to barbecue
or croissants to tempt me with. Then, he graciously sits down
in the living (my office space is in the other end of the living
room) and turns on the TV for the next hour or so - just to
help enhance my thinking.

And, during all this turmoil, if my regular workload isn't enough,
people have gone out of their way to be kind to me. For instance,
Tiffany Bass Bukow, of http://msmoney.com has been featuring
TaxMama on her TechTV broadcast and article, in a prominent
place on her website and in several pages and articles. Now, I've
got to return the favor.

In the course of reviewing some of her material and answering
her questions for her article, I was forced to follow up on
something I had just seen around, but hadn't looked into.
Have you seen those really great-looking TaxBrain.com ad around?
I've started to see them on major sites. But when I went to their
site, which looked really campy, there was no information about
who is behind the site. There was nothing at all to inspire any
confidence - just a great-looking, minimalist site. So, when I first
looked at them, while I was writing my article about online
filing, I passed them over.  http://taxmama.com/Articles/FilingOnline.html
After all, if I'm going around telling people not to provide all their
sensitive personal data to some faceless stranger, I'd be daft to
include them.

Tiffany had them on her list of potential sites to include in her
program. I nixed it because of the information above. But, again,
it piqued my curiosity, so I started researching them. And she
queried them at the same time. We discovered that they are the
people behind the state of California's entire electronic filing
system. Not at all some fly-by-night upstart outfit. Ironically, they
still haven't included information about who they are.

Anyway, I'd better leave you now, so I can torment my clients
some more. This is such fun. You should see the agony on their
faces as their tax truths evolve.

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg
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===> Speaking Tips

'Sources of Material' for public speaking. Another great
tip from Tom Antion.

Humor and usable material literally surround you. It is your job
as the "Pilot in Command" of your presentation to pick and choose
the anecdotes, one-liners, stories, visuals, etc., needed to
support the points you are trying to make.

On a daily basis, you are bombarded with tons of information both
serious and humorous in nature. You are also involved in life
incidents that, with a little thought, can be turned into stories
or one-liners that can be used in your presentations.

The information onslaught comes from many directions. Television,
radio, newspapers, magazines, books, audio & video tapes, trade
journals, the Information Superhighway, billboards, and the U.S.
Mail all contain more good material than you could ever use.

This doesn't even include personal incidents like your
electricity going out in the middle of the night, which caused
your alarm clock to malfunction, which caused you to be late for
work, which caused you to run in late to your presentation that

Sometimes really great and on-target pieces of information will
hit you right in the face. I was reading Newsweek last week and I
ran across an article about a church that encouraged hysterical
laughing. One of my topics has to do with the value of laughter
in your life. I'm not sure yet how I'm going to use that article,
but I tore it out of the magazine and filed it along with other
information on that presentation.

Some information you will run across will be more subtle, but
when you start watching for usable material you will get better
at recognizing it. I read in another Newsweek article that the
cost to business of stress-related health care was skyrocketing.
The writer made the observation that now there are so many stress
reduction programs that people are getting stressed out trying to
pick one. I didn't know what I would do with that observation,
but I did know that I liked it so I cut it out and filed it under
stress. I started collecting more information on stress which led
eventually to the creation of a new program "Technostress: Don't
Let Computer Chips Drive Away Your Blue Chip Staff"

The key to getting a shot at using material you stumble upon is
to write it down or secure it immediately. I mean IMMEDIATELY!
If you don't like making notes, get a microcasette recorder and
dictate the idea. I can't emphasize this point enough. Great
ideas can come and go in an instant. If you don't do something
with them when they hit you in the face, you are likely to lose
them forever.

Tom Antion
Great Speaking

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===> Intimidated by Your Audience?

Just last week, I had a long talk with a CPA who invited me
to go on tour with his series of seminars for a week this summer.
He is setting up three weeks of education for CPAs who must
renew their licenses by the end of June. And he admitted to
me that, while he had written really good, well-researched
material for one of the sessions, he was paying another CPA
to present that workshop on his behalf.

Why? Having never gotten up to speak before, he was somewhat
awed by the caliber of his audience. He was afraid they'd catch
him in errors or otherwise discredit him.

I think this happens to all of us at some time. We get invited to
a symposium of our peers - and frankly, no matter how much we
know about our own field, someone knows more. And he's
probably out there in the audience, just waiting to catch you -
and embarrass you.

Well, that was the first thing I knew I had to overcome when I
started speaking to tax professionals. So, here's what I did.
(and you might consider it).

I made some comments about the complexity of the issues
(in my case, the tax code, regs, court cases, etc.). Next, I outlined
some of the areas we were going to cover. Then, I asked the
tax pros in the audience to raise their hands if this was part of
their area of expertise. Pointing them all out to the audience, and
admitting that I didn't have all the answers, I said, "OK folks, as
we go through the material, we will be  turning to these experts to
help us navigate some of the rougher waters." Suddenly, they
were my allies - not my critics.  Trust me, this will defuse your

Eva Rosenberg,
Your Brilliant and Enlightening Speaker (and coach?)

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====> Favorite Humorous Stories

I love speakers who inject little humor stories into
their speeches. When these help to make their point
it's even more fun.

One of the things which probably every public speaking
coaching manual will tell you is the importance of repetition.

The 'tell them what you're going to tell, then tell them and
then sum up by telling them what you've just told them' theory.
Well personally whether hearing, writing or delivering a speech
I get pretty bored by this repetition business and I assume that
others must get so too.

So, before doing the summary, where I am going to repeat
myself, I love to inject this story.

A college professor wanted to give his students a talk
on the evils of drinking. He held up 2 beakers for his
students to see - one filled with water and one with
alcohol. He then took 2 worms and dropped one each
in either beaker. After two minutes the worm in the water
was still struggling around but the worm in the beaker
was dead.

Convinced that he had shown them how lethal alcohol
he asked his students smugly - "So what's your inference."
The first couple of answers seemed to be in tune with
his thinking when a voice from the back of the room
spoke up. "Sir, my inference is that drinking alcohol
will ensure that you don't have worms!"

After this story, I go on to quickly saying, just to make sure
that we aren't as out of sync as that professor and that
student at the back of the room, I'd like to discuss what
I've just spoken about and move to an interactive session.

Would love to hear what are your favorite stories that you
often include into your speeches.....

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=====  Helpful Humorous Tip  =====

Beware of Complacency (Especially in Public Speaking)

A Laughmate who is also a good friend (Yeah, I have a
few of those left :-) had enjoyed Akash Ryall's monkey
story way back in Issue 2 of I-Laugh. For the benefit of
those of you who weren't with us back then I'll repeat the

A favorite story of my friend Akash Ryall. He loves
to  include it in any of his speeches when he wants
to try and show you the  importance of dedication to
your work or duty.

A team had just  won a Rugby match and were on their
way to a picnic along with their mascot a monkey. On
the way they had an accident and everyone except the
monkey died. An animal psychologist was brought to
try and gather the cause of accident from the monkey.

The monkey was quite sharp and gave answers
brilliantly with actions.

What were the players doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What was the driver of the bus doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What were you doing?

(If you do decide to use this story, take a leaf out
of Akash's book and do the actions mentioned in
brackets before mouthing  them.)

Well this friend enjoyed the story so much, he started
using it regularly. He used it so often he'd got used to
it and in a recent speech of his that I both got to witness
and have a peek at his notes before the speech, he had
just interjected at the appropriate place 'Monkey Story'.

By the time he reached the story this unfortunate evening
he'd had one cup too many and the way he told the story...

What were the people around you doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What were the people on your left doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What were the people on your right doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What were the people in front of you doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What was the driver of the bus doing?
{laughing, drinking}

What were you doing?

Naturally, by the time he got to the catch line,
he had everyone most confused, (What kind of
a bus, has a driving seat with people on the left,
right and in front???) and the joke fell really flat.

So ... it's important however often you have used
a joke, you go through it too along with the rest
of your material during your practice sessions.


coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments -

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

A man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches
around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and
started working east from there.

Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and
making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall
and was intrigued with a sign which read "$10,000 a minute."

Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign.
The Pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line
to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God.
The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Atlanta, Greensboro,
Chicago, Milwaukee, and all around the United States, he found
more phones with the same sign, and the same answer from each

Finally, he arrived in Florida. Upon entering a church in Melbourne,
behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign
read "Calls: 35 cents."

Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in
cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden
telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could
talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute.

Your sign reads 35 cents a call. Why?"

The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in Florida now.....
it's a local call."

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