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

31st July  2002    #     Issue 70
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
~ Scottish Proverb
"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."
~ William Arthur Ward


Moderator's Comment -
                                  ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                ~ Eva


                                  ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tips
                                   ~ from Tom Antion


A question of Attitude 1
                                      ~ Gunjan

A question of Attitude 2
                                      ~ Gunjan

Samples of Humor at Work
                                     ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Hi LaughMates,

This week I had the totally new experience of being
the announcer/commentator for a sports meet. Quite
a few people have said that I did a good job and I'd
like to thank them for their kindness.

Personally, although I wouldn't call it a total disaster,
if I had to get into sports broadcasting with that
performance I'm sure I'd starve. But then it was my
first time, so I'm treating it as a learning experience
and what I've learnt and decided is that if I'm invited
ever again, I start from the heats.

While the athletes get prepared for the finals, I do too.
So what if I look silly during the heats announcing to no
one in particular, I'm confident with the practice I'll do a
much better job in the final.

Of course, the sports and the announcing brought some
experiences that I'd like to share too.

So without further ado, here's I-Laugh #70

With Best Wishes,
Many a true word is spoken in jest.

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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

Last night, I got to meet one of my clients for the first time.
We've been working together for over three years, and have
been flirting outrageously over the phone all this time. (My voice
is my very best feature. Except when a wife hears it.)

We were to meet at his hotel at LAX (Los Angeles International
Airport). Being a retired military man, I knew he'd be punctual.
And I always am. So, getting there early, I called him at his room.
The phone rings and rings and rings... Thinking, perhaps he's
indisposed, I wait a few minutes and call again. Same result.
Try to get the hotel operator to page him. They don't do that.
Check with the front desk. Yes, they've seen him, but looking
around the lobby, don't see him there. All this time, Stephanie,
the operator, has been really gracious.

Now, remember, I don't know what he looks like - or vice versa.
So, I tell Stephanie I'd like to leave a message - "This is Eva.
I am in the lobby, near the piano." So far, Stephanie is fine.
"And tell him I am wearing an orange top." Oops. there it is -
Stephanie turns frosty. (You know, the 'oh you're a prostitute'
frostiness.) I love doing that to hotel operators (and secretaries).
(When I was headhunting, my favorite line to get through to a
president or top executive was, in my sultriest voice, "Oh, he
knows me." I almost always got through - and the men usually
just laughed with delight when they realized how I'd breached
their 'security.')

Anyway, sitting in the lobby for about twenty minutes, near the
entrance from the parking garage, I got to observe people,
especially those alone. None of them gave me  the sense they
might be 'my' John. They all looked so uptight and intense.
Not his nature. (I had his cell phone number - unfortunately,
I'd left it at home.)

Finally, I thought I'd try the front desk and see if they'd heard
from him. Walking over there, towards the other entrance to
the hotel, I saw the first man who looked as I'd imagined him -
a bit husky, strong, pleasant face, with lots of outdoors on it.

Turns out, he'd been waiting at the front entrance, all that time,
so I wouldn't have to park at all.

He'd never checked in for his messages, since he had his cell
phone with him and knew I had his number...we could have
sat there all evening within a few yards of one another other,
missing each other.

This evening was really intended to be purely social. Just to
get acquainted after all these years. We did end up having
such a good time. It's really such a pity Rick was still climbing
around on the roof. He'd have been fascinated with this man.
Rick knows the details of every military aircraft ever made -
this man has flown them.

Despite the social nature of the evening, inevitably, business
issues came up. I found an interesting solution to one of his
most pressing problems. Which will be an excellent opportunity
for three of my clients, who've been bugging me about helping
them find good rental properties. And you wouldn't believe the
fee I'll end up with. (Shh...I can't say.) But I'd better run and
call my clients.

Your Comic Guide

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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

=== > Definitions


Nobody got any definitions for humor, comedy, comic etc
in response to Uncle Joe's call?

I'm trying to find some interesting things. The Doc has promised
to find some Literary References in he can spare the time. He's
busy trying to get himself into the Dead Teacher's Society. Here's
the message he sent me ....

"I have submitted my cv to the Dead Teacher's Society.  They
are reviewing it for disapproval even yet.  I hope I fail and
thereby get accepted.  It is a most unworthy organization that
only accepts people who fail their initiation.  The initiation is
torturous, so I hope I fail well.... Wish me poorly."

The Doc in case you've forgotten is my partner, and mentor
in Jest in Literature an adult study group in which we hope to
trip you up on your way to thinking you have learned all there
is to know about some work of literature or author. We'll do it,
even if we have to make things up. ;-)

Uncle Joe, you must have some interesting definitions in your
bag too. Hope you get over your flu soon, so you can share
them with us.

Any other takers?

Jest in Literature (A) - lit-subscribe@topica.com

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Turning Dreams into Dollars...

An ebook in which you won't find the get-rich-quick
garbage or motivational fluff that sounds good but never
works. Not too surprising, since the editors of
Internet ScamBusters are publishing it."


=== > Speaking Tips

Humorous Acknowledgements to Tough Situations

There will come a time when you will either be in front of a
hostile audience or a hostile question will pop up during a
relatively calm presentation. This is a tough situation at best
and you have to handle it with kid gloves. Humor can save
the day and maybe even help you become President.

When a hostile situation arises, you have to be especially
careful that you don't antagonize the questioner or group further
by making a flippant response. You can use humor to distract the
antagonism, but you should always make a serious reply to the
question at hand.

EXAMPLE: Let's say you are speaking at a stockholder's meeting
and you are telling them about all the wonderful new products
that are coming out. Then someone yells out, "What about the
supreme turkey of a widget you came out with last year?" Now you
are on the spot. If you ignore the question you will look like
you are hiding. If you use a comeback that attacks the questioner
or makes fun of him or her you will turn the rest of the group
against you. So what do you do?

Use a prepared one-liner or some mildly amusing admission of
guilt and then immediately go into a serious response to the

"We are donating all those widgets to the Navy because they have
a shortage of boat anchors this year [pause for laughter]. But,
seriously folks, based on all the available research we had at
our disposal the widget looked like it would be a good solid
seller for us. Then when the gizmo industry took a big hit, we no
longer had a market for the widgets."

Then get back to your agenda.

If you expect to be in a position like the above speaker, try to
anticipate the hostile questions that could arise and prepare
responses for them. You might not be able to anticipate all the
questions that could come up, but by preparing in advance you are
giving yourself an infinitely better chance of responding
correctly. Another good resource is "What to Say When . . .
You're Dyin' on The Platform" by Lilly Walters.

One of the most famous examples of good preparation came during
Ronald Reagan's 1984 bid for reelection. Reagan made a very poor
showing as he stumbled through his first debate with the
democratic challenger, Walter Mondale. The media jumped on this
and Reagan's age and possible senility became a big issue until
about two-thirds of the way through his second televised debate
with Mondale.

A question was posed to the president that ask him if he was
concerned about how his age would affect his ability to do the
job. Reagan's prepared two-line response virtually nailed the lid
on Mondale's coffin and squelched the age issue even though he
was four years older than he was in the last election. He said,
"I'm not going to inject the issue of age into this campaign. I
am not going to exploit for political gain my opponent's youth
and inexperience." Some say this comment won him his second
term of office. That's the power of preparation.

from Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter

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====> A question of Attitude 1

Hi LaughMates,

On the first day God created ..... (oops wrong story)

On the first day we had the pre-primary sports, consisting
of children from the age group of around 4-7 years. The races
consisted of fun little activities drawn from nursery rhymes and
fairy tales and was really sweet.

We even had an inter-school event for the little ones.
Unfortunately, one of the little ones from another school
got left behind. She was found crying by one of the teachers
and brought to Principal Akash Ryall's office. Akash asked her
her name, found out which school she was from and which class,
and tried consoling little Shylaja (but it wasn't really working).
He sat her down in his office, and got her an ice-cream while
he organized a car to send her back. He also wanted a
responsible person to go with her so she wasn't just dropped
at the school but taken to the principal of that school and left
in his charge. Since my announcing duties were to start only
the next day and I wasn't doing anything very important at that
time, I volunteered.

I reached the school, was shown into the principal's office,
an explained what had happened. Almost before the words
were out my mouth, he was calling for the teacher, department
head, driver, anybody else who might have been remotely
involved, but didn't have time to welcome little Shylaja back
or even have a word with her. He added to his secretary,
as he was leaving to fetch all the people ..... "and make
her stand outside".

With a heavy heart and not wanting to watch any more, I took
leave, which must have reminded him that he hadn't even thanked
me as yet. He did, but I was feeling despondent.

I thought this person may be a good administrator but is that
all life is about? I wondered if when Shylaja grows up she
recalls the incident she'd have as much respect for the
wonderful administator who is ensuring that such things don't
happen again or she'll recall with a smile the kindly man who
tried to console her with a conversation and an ice-cream and
as I thought of this things I was now in the mood for thanks.
Not receiving, but giving!

Thankful, that there ARE people who realise that there are things
more important in life that just being good at work.....

Thankful that I am blessed to be in the company of so many of
these people.

As a wonderful message that I'd received recently says -
"If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough
evidence to convict you?"

Food for thought??

A thoughtful Gunjan


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====> A question of Attitude 2

Hi LaughMates,

The most frustrating thing for me while doing the announcing
was that I really couldn't judge if anybody was really listening
to the little quips, quotes and quasi-humorous touches that I
tried to add. My co-commentators shared this feeling.

Thus, as I was taking a short break towards the end of the
program, when a person came up to me and pointed out
one mistake in the commentary, I was thrilled. Unfortunately
it happened to be in one of the sections delivered by one of
my co-commentators. So, I told him to go and speak to her.
About 15 minutes later when I went back to announcer's
desk my co-commentator was most upset. She was raving
about how this person was cribbing about one error, which
wasn't much of an error in her opinion anyway and moreover
she wasn't a professional sportscaster .... etc., etc.,

I said .... "Hey hang on .....weren't we cribbing nobody was
really listening to us? So shouldn't you be thrilled that at least
one person was paying so much attention." She didn't seem
totally placated. So I suggested since the public address system
was still on, she make a joke of it, by thanking the gentleman
for listening so keenly. This had her smiling. She thought about
it, decided against it, but now had a big smile.

I thought that was the end of the matter, but it seems on reflection
she again managed to get herself upset .... upset enough to have a
bad night about this little incident.

Well I'm glad I don't lose sleep over little things like that, or
I'd never get any sleep at all. As it is 14 hours a day is hardly
enough for a growing boy like me! ;-)

The Don't Sweat the Petty Things Guy.


====> Samples of Humor at Work

Hi LaughMates,

Recently, in Laughmate Scott Simmerman's (better known
as the Square Wheels Guy) discussion group I found a very
interesting post. {Talking of Scott, it's been a long time since
we heard from Scott here at I-Laugh. Hey Scott, What are
you cooking up that's keeping you so busy??}

The most interesting part of the post was the signature.
It read ....

Ms. Harwant Johnson
Corporate Trainer

"What Har Wants, Har Gets"
...and she wants training to be relevant, interactive and fun!

Naturally, I wrote to her immediately asking her how this
great signature was helping her. She said in addition to
fascinating people like me and thus bringing her traffic as
well as link exchanges (I'll be exchanging links with her soon),
it really works well as a great "icebreaker" at the start of her
training sessions. It gets the group comfortable and also, it
reflects her style (just get in there...have fun and go for it

Next week, I'll have a sample of an ad which I thought was
extremely funny. Unless, of course, you beat me to it and send
in some humorous samples yourself, in which case I'll step back
and let you have my space !!

Talking of letting people have space, anybody interested in
trying out as guest moderator again? I thought the issues
guest moderated by Uncle Joe Harris brought out some
great new ideas.

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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

Free investment advice:

If you had bought $1000.00 worth of Nortel stock one year ago,
it would now be worth $49.00.

If you had bought $1000.00 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not
the stock) one year ago, drunk all the beer, then traded in the
cans at a redemption center for the nickel deposit, you would
have $107.00.

Given the current conditions of the economy, my advice is to
drink heavily and recycle.

(From Laughmate DC's - The Morning Message)

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