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

28th August  2002    #     Issue 74
We are all dying, Truman. Our job is to increase health. You know what
means? That means improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.
~ Robin Williams (In the movie Patch Adams)


Moderator's Comment -
                                      ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                    ~ Eva


Laying down the Law
                                      ~ Tom Trottier

                                     ~ Peter Manser
                                  ~ Eva Rosenberg
                                     ~ Jean Ventura

Speaker Marketing Tip
                                       ~ from Tom Antion


                                          ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Hi LaughMates,

Three posts from other laughmates in this issue. A great
step in the right direction. If only we can sustain this we
wouldn't have to keep listening to that fellow Gunjan. :-)

On a more serious note, one of my best friends had an
accident last week and will be needing to use a voice
activated software instead of a keyboard for a couple
of weeks. Any Laughmate who has any information on
or has used a voice activated software please do write
to me and let me know.


Thanks in advance for any help that you can give me. Talking
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Dear LaughMates,

That's so sad to learn about Gunjan's friend.  Yet, when I saw his private
note to me above this newsletter about needing information about Voice
Activated Software, I about fell off my chair thinking, "When did you get

Just that afternoon, I was speaking with a client who was moaning that he'd
try to send me an e-mail, even if it took him hours to hunt and peck the
So we had just been talking about Voice Activated Software. His complaint
was that, "Well, then you have to take the time to train it."

Don't you just love to hear a groan man whine?

As it happens, Rick put that software on a computer he built for his parents
several years ago. We had great fun setting it up and playing with it. Seems
you could pick characters for the avatar that communicates with you. One
of them was this parrot with a really obnoxious voice.

Naturally, that's the one Rick set as the default. We really enjoyed their
delight with the machine, with the parrot and all. Until they realized how
long the set-up process would take and that they'd have to listen to that,
now, no-longer-cute creature.

They were just about to change it, when the whole system stopped
working. It seems their cat must not have liked the parrot at all. And what
a smart pussy she was. She chewed through the cable during the night, so
the microphone was cut off.

Well! Without the microphone, the system was useless.

(Oh, she was stubborn, too. She chewed through the next three cords.)

I think even though TC (The Cat) couldn't speak, they got the message.

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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

=== > Laying down the Law

With reference to Tom Antion's comments on laying down the law...
This is better done by the introducer, who is not the speaker, and has
more perceived authority. The speaker can really jumpstart the
speech in an exciting way rather than start with a downer.

Tom Trottier

[Gunjan's Comment to Tom -
I'm sorry I'm not sure I agree with you on this one.
Atleast in the last couple of places I spoke I'd have
hated for the rules to have been set by the introducer.
I bet he'd have read it out as if he were reading the ten
commandments or something.

Instead I had a lot of fun setting some crazy rules (while
still laying down the law.)]

Tom's addition ...
Ordinary rules: introducer - as told by the speaker.
Crazy rule: speaker alone (twirl 3x before each question...)
In my TM club, the speaker writes his own introduction for the chair to


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====> Flaming

I think that complaints may sometimes be in order. I also think
is best directed at those responsible for the issue rather than to
the world. I think it is appropriate for someone who feels irate
to complain about what they feel to be a problem for them.

I don't think however it is appropriate for the criticism to be
personally insulting, however if one chooses to advertise to a
wide group of people through tools such as the Internet, you
will of course reach some who don't have the same standards
as ourselves. While we do need to take responsibility for
checking the accuracy and appropriateness of materials we
are distributing widely, mistakes will sometimes happen, and
of course some will react negatively.

The 'net is one of the world's greatest bastions of free speech,
and we cannot deny people the right to make the comments
they feel appropriate, or we will risk closing down free speech,
and ultimately freedom.

We need to recognize that some express their views inappropriately,
and we should try to look past this, and try to address the root causes
of their frustration. After all, while they are exaggerating to make a
point, they are merely expressing the collective frustration of possibly
THOUSANDS of people who have received a dud link, and it may
at least remind us to be more careful next time to supply high quality
accurate information.

Peter :-)


===> Flaming Fools

Sorry, I just had to bust in here and comment on Peter's note.

A while back, something took place on the Adventive lists. I don't
remember what. And one of my loyal, devoted, loving Mates sent me
a note, in SUCH language, complaining about a perceived (by him)
slight to me by John Audette. (He wasn't aware that, whatever it was
about, John had asked me first. He's always the consummate gentleman.)

Knowing the source, I never even really paid attention to the language,
or the actual words. It was clearly, to me, anyway, a sweet, drunken
love note, written late in the middle of the night.

Well, Adam must have a filter running, which caught that mail and sent
him a copy. And all he saw were the words. Very inappropriate words.
And he shot me a note, mortified, asking if we should terminate that
person. (Terminate. Great word, don't you think.) No, silly!

But words, depending on who sees them, can create entirely different,
and sometimes, contradictory impressions.

When we put words on paper, unless you are the most skilled wordsmith,
it's difficult to craft  your voice, your tone, your facial expression into
message. Sometimes, something you say in jest is taken at face value.
In courts, take an innocent phrase out of context - and now you're guilty
of harassment, libel, treason....whatever. (look at the jokes we send

So, don't automatically believe something is a flame just because it
with your viewpoint.

But if it is a flame - safest, smartest course? Trash it and move on.

Your Humbled Guide

Eva Rosenberg
http://www.adventive.com/cgi-bin/a.pl?adventiv&1019  - Your Questions

====> Flaming

I don't think I've ever sent a flaming email. Not that I haven't
written any. It's just that when I'm done and read what I wrote,
I realize

1) the intended recipient won't give a d*** about my opinion, anyway,
2) I'd be putting myself on the same level as the idiot I'm writing to.

So I delete it. But letting it all out makes me feel better...

Jean Ventura


Cartoon Break


Cute Talk

Some Help !!


=== > Speaking Tip

GET A DOG by Tom Antion

I just started putting a picture of me and my dog as the
background to my computer desktop. When I'm at a speaking
engagement with my laptop, the picture of me and Willow is
always up on the screen. I was fooling with the Icons on the
desktop one day and I thought it would be funny to put the
"Recycle Bin" right in front of Willow's mouth. People thought
it was hysterical.

They started coming up before and after the program to tell me
all the funny stuff their dog does, eats, etc.

The bigger picture here is that if you include something personal
about yourself in the presentation, people will gravitate toward
YOU SAY SOMETHING FUNNY. Rapport is almost
instantaneous with the people that can relate to whatever personal
detail you revealed. The people that don't really relate, usually don't
react negatively. About the worst you'll get is a neutral response
from them.

Here are some ideas of visuals you could use:

=> You with your kids/family
=> You doing a hobby
=> You at a very young age, maybe with a funny hairdo
=> You with your mom and dad
=> You at Halloween/prom, etc.

You can be sure that someone or many people will come up and
comment on the photo even if you don't say anything about it at

Some people create entire funny segments based around the visual.
Try this technique and you'll see how much fun simple personal
details can be.

from Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter

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===> Coincidences ...

I've been working on some humorous quotations. For a general
audience! No wonder I was having difficulty with Robin Williams
quotes. So I pick up the movies Dead Poet's Society, Mrs. Doubtfire
and Patch Adams.

To get the transcription right I've been watching Patch Adams over
and over again. Fortunately I really love the movie.

Coincidentally I also receive a copy of 'Beyondanews' a newsletter
published by Swami Beyondanada (punster par excellence) after a
gap of about three months. The issue starts with the words .... 'I
spoke with Dr. Patch Adams the other day.'

Wow it has me saying; and immediately logging on to
http://www.wakeuplaughing.com/newsletter.shtml  which has
the complete article about their chat.

Before the end of the newsletter the Swami mentions
Dr Patch's website .... www.patchadams.org  and naturally
I leave the Swami's write up - half finished and rush to the
Dr. Patch's site.

I come across a section titled 'how you can help' and peek in
reluctantly as I don't really have enough $s to spare to make a
decent contribution.

What I find is amazing! They are not looking for monetary
contributors at all !!! (If you're in the monetary contribution
frame of mind this maybe the right time to visit
www.workinghumor.com/partners/donate.htm  ;-)

You can join the Gesundheit! House Call Team by ...........
Wait! Why am I trying to tell you about it. Why don't you
check it out for yourself. (www.patchadams.org  - Click on
"How I can help"). I think it sounds like great fun. I'm planning
to try it out. If any other Laughmates do try it out please do
share your experiences with us.

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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

The school of agriculture's dean of admissions was inter-
viewing a prospective student, "Why have you chosen this
career?" he asked.

"I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my
father," the student replied.

"Your father made a million dollars in farming?" echoed the
dean much impressed.

"No," replied the applicant. "But he always dreamed of it."

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