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5th June 2002 # Issue 62
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present.
There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other
person sees him, and each man as he really is.
~ William James
(American Psychologist, Author)
IN THIS DIGEST :
Moderator's Comment -
Hiring of M - Not Hired
~ Anna Allred
Hiring of M - Not Hired
Hiring of M - Probably
~ Joseph Harris
~ from Tom Antion
THIS WEEK'S HUMOR
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My Mailserver got jammed on Friday evening and wasn't
repaired till Monday morning. When it was finally repaired
I got all the mails which had piled up over three days and
there were over 220 mails received.
No problems I thought, more than half of that should be
spam and once I've taken the 10-15 minutes to delete
those, my inbox shouldn't look so intimidating.
Unfortunately, this wasn't right, there were just about 30
spam letters and the others had to be read, replied and filed.
Could it be that spammers rest on weekends? Or is it possible
I've always thought of spam as a bigger problem than it actually
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===== Continuing Discussions =====
======> Hiring of M - Not Hired
While I see the humor from outside the situation, as an employer
I would be hesitant to hire M only because the workplace is so
If he's mad now, I would wonder what the harsh forces of the
workplace would do to him. Maybe he would go postal? Working
tweaks the minds of the average, relatively-sane employee, what
would it do to someone who's already mad? :-)
======> Hiring of M - Not Hired
I will not hire the guy......
OTH, I would probably eat the chicken...-:)
I am a manager not a shrink.
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Moderator's Comments : Although M said that he was mad,
I don't think he is. This is the great 'Catch 22' in the book
Catch 22. If he was actually mad, he wouldn't be sensible enough
to know he was mad, would he? (If you are not familiar with
Catch-22 refer This Week's Humor below where I've included
the relevant extract)
As such, in my opinion, I don't think he's mad. He was just
trying to be different and pull a humorous stunt on his interviewers,
which unfortunately flopped.
Another thing. I may feel this way cause I'm considered rather
on the nutty side myself, but I think slightly nutty people are
more immune and able to cope with the mind tweaking burdens
of work much more easily than average relatively-sane people.
Does that make any sense ?
======> Hiring of M - Hired
I agree, your character M sounds an inventive and magnetic person.
He suffered from a plague of suits, leavened by accountant's rust.
It is generally notable with today's big companies that they are money
machines, not originators; nor even dedicated to a particular area of
manufacture or service. Enron is surely the best example of a company
'expanding' to chase the money - virtual money as it turned out!
Any small or medium company has much to gain from such a person,
and such a person is sure to be happier in the experimental atmosphere
of that size company. Entertainment has always had a deal to do with
selling; M should develop his skills in that. But with a very solid
knowledge in selling basics.
And I say that as someone who could not sell a refrigerator in equatorial
Uncle Joe (aka Joseph Harris) www.smilepoetryweekly.com
=== > Speaking Tips
INTERPLAY by Tom Antion
I love to interact with the audience. It is much easier now that
wireless microphones are so readily available. I can go right
into the audience, I can sit in one of their chairs, I can sit on
an audience member's lap if I want to (by now you should have
realized that I am inclined to be totally irreverent if I know
the audience can handle it).
You don't have to be as wild as I sometimes am to get the job
done. You can calmly go into the audience with a wireless
handheld microphone. Let the audience members ask their questions
directly to you while you hold the mic to their mouths so that
everyone else can hear. (Don't forget to bring the microphone
back to your mouth for the answer.)
Another technique I use frequently is to speak directly to one
audience member. It goes like this, "Sharon, this is just between
you and me." Whenever I do this, I can see out of the corner of
my eye everyone else killing themselves to eavesdrop on Sharon
and me. They feel like they are getting to hear something secret.
One-on-one interplay is also good when you are teasing or doing a
little roast humor on someone in the group. "Joe, lots of people
believe that you are one of the top sales managers in the
company. . . . Lots of people believe in the Easter Bunny too!"
I'll go right up to someone in the audience and touch them on the
shoulder while I'm talking (don't do this in Asia). I might say
(reading their nametag to get the name) "John here may have the
highest sales volume, but if his net income is no good, John is
not a happy guy."
Some speakers make up skits and give the audience members easy,
but funny, parts to play. This is just an advanced form of role-
Don't be afraid to get right in there and get your audience
involved, physically, mentally, and emotionally and you will be
on your way to becoming a NO ZZZZZs presenter.
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====> Tainted !
There are people that we just can't stand. Unfortunately
very often they are our bosses, or biggest clients or in some
way or the other very important to our work and it's so difficult
to deal with them.
Why are these people such #@$%^& ? Is it POSSIBLE the
problem might lie on our side ???
This week my thoughts have been drawn to this and other
related questions by a little incident. One of my friends used
to get along famously with one of his clients. Then suddenly
last week he started feeling that this client was taking him for
a ride. Since the moment he started feeling this way, he suddenly
found that everything about the chap irritated him. Every time the
fellow was being friendly, my friend felt that he had some hidden
motive and suddenly the person with whom he really enjoyed
working had become the most painful person to work with.
This reminded me of another incident, there was this girl who
was crazily in love with a guy. Unfortunately, the parents of
both, were very much against this relationship. (In India,
parental approval is extremely important as we have these
joint families where parents often reside with their children
even after the children are no longer children.)
Once the girl got it in her head, that being in love with this guy
was 'wrong', it took her hardly 10 days to start questioning
every good time they had together. If they had a great evening
together it was easily blamed on the 2 mugs of beer she'd had,
rather than the fellow being at his amusing best. You can imagine
how they'd have gotten along after that.
Whether it's personal relations we're talking about, or business
relations, or bosses who we think are bums, once we get it in
into our heads that they are bums, everything that they do,
even stuff that wouldn't normally offend us, seems to incense us.
Just think about it, isn't it true?
Personally, I've always found it very true and whenever I've been
able to keep this quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson in my head,
I find it much easier to deal with people who otherwise irritate me
"We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which
we are willing to give the advantage of a good light."
Try it out ... Let me know if it works for you too.
=========== This week's Humor ==========
Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. 'Is
'He sure is, ' Doc Daneeka said.
'Can you ground him?'
'I sure can. But first he has to ask me to. That's part of the rule.'
'Then why doesn't he ask you to?'
'Because he's crazy,' Doc Daneeka said. 'He has to be crazy to keep
flying combat missions after all those close calls he's had. Sure I can
ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to.'
'That's all he has to do to be grounded?'
'That's all. Let him ask me.'
'And then you can ground him?' Yossarian asked.
'No. Then I can't ground him.'
'You mean there's a catch?'
'Sure there's a catch,' Doc Daneeka replied. 'Catch-22. Anyone who
wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy.'
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that
a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and
immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could
be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would
no longer be crazy and would therefore have to fly more missions. Orr
would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was
sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have
to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was
moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of
Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
'That's some catch, that Catch-22,' he observed.
'It's the best there is,' Doc Daneeka agreed.
(Extracted from Joseph Heller's Catch -22)
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