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18th September  2002    #     Issue 77
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Golf is a game who's aim it is to hit a very small ball
into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly
ill-designed for the purpose.
~ Winston Churchill
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IN THIS DIGEST   :

Moderator's Comment -
                                       ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                       ~ Eva
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CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS

What's more Important
                                      ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                                          ~ from Tom Antion

NEW DISCUSSIONS

Of course, I'm blessed !
                                            ~ Gunjan

Nobody appreciates my work !
                                             ~ Gunjan

THIS WEEK'S HUMOR
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Moderator's Message
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Hi LaughMates,

In my last week's comments I mentioned that I
definitely need a break ..........

Not a single Laughmate wrote in to say - "Gunjan
do us a favor and take that much needed break.
We need it too".

So I guess I'm doing a reasonably good job, eh? ;-)

I started writing this message kiddingly, then remembered
a humorous quote from Mark Twain which I feel is much
more than just a humorous thought.

Try to guess what I'm talking about ...

mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=MyGuessIs

Then compare your guess with my post, further on
in I-Laugh #77...

BTW - Eva asked me to explain why I called this 'The Blessed
Issue'. Can I plead the fifth amendment ?

With Best Wishes,
Gunjan
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The Other Moderator's Comment
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Dear LaughMates,

Last night, I was watching a rerun of The Gilmore Girls.
http://www.thewb.com/Shows/Show/0,7353,%7C%7C159,00.html
(They handle relationships with such great skill at delightful, friendly
humor. The writers are incredibly talented.)

One of the characters was giving an impassioned speech to her
private school audience, hoping to get them to vote for her as
school president. She was poised, prepared and focused. It was
a powerful speech. No one applauded. No one made a sound
when she was done. Very disconcerting.

And I sat there, remembering the times I had been on stage as a
child. And how, looking at me then, you'd never even imagine that
I'd be so at home on a stage as an adult.

In elementary school I got snagged to play the aunt to two young
boys (how prophetic) for an entire scene in a Chanukah play. It
was all I could do to keep from cracking up throughout the whole
scene. I had to avoid all eye contact with anyone in the audience,
or I would have burst out laughing. I was so nervous and scared,
I can't even tell you.

A couple of years later, I also ran for class president. But as a gag.
I wasn't popular - much too individualist and intellectual and unwilling
to put up with the kids' nastiness to other students and teachers.
(What is it about kids whose parents donate money to the school?
Do they really think they don't need to get an education - just bully
teachers into giving them good grades?)

But I was the class clown.  Going to a lot of trouble for my speech,
I  gathered together about a hundred sheets of paper and scotch-taped
them all end-to-end.

Approaching the podium, after three other people had given speeches,
I announced, "I know you're tired of long, boring speeches, so I'll
make it short." Then, I let the paper unroll to the floor, across the
stage and drop down in front of the stage. No one laughed. The
room was quiet. They just waited, silently, politely, for me to go on.
Talk about dying on stage. (I haven't thought of this in years. But
watching Paris die on stage brought it all back.)

The last time, though, when I finished 8th grade, I was Salutatorian of
my graduating class. My principal, Jack P. Gilbert, was so patient and
worked with me for weeks to rehearse my speech. That was the most
nervous I've ever been. (And I've been terrified.) Doing all that rehearsing
made it worse. Wanting to live up to Mr. Gilbert's expectations, to make
his investment in me worthwhile, was incredibly stressful. It went well.
I only stumbled once. And he smiled encouragingly. People applauded
politely. My parents were proud. I survived. But, I never wanted to
do it again.

Looking back, through the tunnel of time, I can still feel that girl's pain.
I wish I could go back and tell her how easy it's all going to be.

Today, I can walk on stage or get on the air, on a moment's notice.
(Ask Herby about my impromptu gigs as MC of AffiliateForce2000
and 2001. For 2002, he finally decided to make it official.)

For a while there, I used to the fill-in guest for a radio show. Whenever
one of her guests cancelled, she called me and we did an hour, live.

Am I bragging? No. I'm trying to reach you, in your own fears.
It DOES get easier. So, if you're just starting out in your career, speaking
to people in Board Rooms or on stage, don't despair. If I could get over
my fears, anyone can.

Want to tell us about your first experiences?
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=speeches

Ah, another column that's way too long...thanks for indulging me.

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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

=== > What's more Important

Hi Friends,

I am absolutely thrilled to discover that lots of people take
this "Enjoying the game/sport" concept extremely seriously
nowadays.

In fact if you don't believe me check out the welcome message
and the amended rules of Sorta Golf put out by the Sorta
Golf Association.

http://radio.weblogs.com/0112541/stories/index.html

I can't wait to play with these rules !!

Gunjan

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=== > Speaking Tip

FAKE FACTS AND STATISTICS by Tom Antion

Stating falsehoods as if they are absolutely true is another fun way
to play with the audience. However, you must make the statements
obviously false by your words and your facial expressions. When you
use this technique in this fashion, you don't want to leave any doubt
in the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not.

Deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good technique
to couple with fake facts and statistics. Also, you should really, really
sound like you are trying to convince the audience that what your saying
is true. This overemphasis on the sound of truth also tells the audience
you are lying.

One time I was doing a Secretaries Day function. I used an extremely
serious voice when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted
indicating that the only reason executives became executives was because
they couldn't make it as secretaries. They loved it.

Another good technique to build up your joke is to use official sounding
sources for the information. "A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline Workers
Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers wear
No Nonsense panty hose."

When using this type of humor use "exact numbers" which add an extra
comic emphasis.

Oh BTW 98.75 percent of Ezine publishers that weigh over 200 pounds
wear garter belts.

 . . . .  hahahahaha Don't even write me about this. LOL

from Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter

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====> Of course, I'm Blessed !

Blessed are those who sit on a pin .....
..... for they shall rise !

... goes a now clichéd joke. But a wonderful pun it was !
And who'd have thought I might be true.

No, I'm not leading to pain being a soul cleanser and those kind
of 'deep' or should that be 'painful' (deeply painful ?? ;-) topics.

If the following is to be followed than the sharing of these silly little
puns might be a blessing in itself ...

The word "silly" derives from the Greek "selig" meaning "blessed."
There is something sacred in being able to be silly.
- Paul Pearsall in The Heart's Code

On the site that I found this I've found tons of great stuff which I'll
be sharing with you over the next few weeks. However for now
look at another interesting thing I found ...

Laughter is so important to Jews that they have a special holiday
to celebrate it.

Wake up Arik & Eva. You haven't even told us about it yet. When
is it coming up and how does one celebrate it? Can we, Laughmates,
celebrate it together in a special way online ??

Gunjan

[Eva - Huh? I'm still rubbing the sleep out my eyes. What holiday?
Arik, do you think he's talking about Purim? You know, the holiday
that usually falls right around my birthday and people get all dressed
up in costumes, and sing and dance and twirl graggers (noisemakers)
all about - and are required to get so drunk that they can't tell the
difference between the name of the bad guy (Hamman) from the
good guy (Mordechai).  Sure, we can celebrate it together - get into
virtual costume at one of the gaming sites? Pick out an appropriate
avatar - and get virtually noisy, and virtually drunk. Works for me.
http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/purim/
The next one will be March 18 or 19th, 2003]

Comments
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===> Nobody appreciates my work !

A few years ago a friend was feeling a little down and started
telling me - "Nobody appreciates my work".

I listened for some time, when a little worm of an idea raised
itself in my head. As she finished complaining I asked her,
"Do you consider yourself an intelligent person?" Her reply
was in the positive. After a couple more queries about her
smartness, I went on to - "Would you say you're reasonably
good at appraising how well people do their jobs."

She thought this over for some time and said - "I think so."
Also she wondered what I was leading up to. I dodged
answering the question directly and then went on to -
"Do you think you're doing a good job?" She was so
enthusiastic about her reply that she failed to see what I
was leading up to. She took about 15 minutes explaining
how she did have a couple of problems, but given the
resources that she had, she felt she was doing not just
a good job, but a great job!"

After hearing her out completely, I had her incredulous when
I said - "Do you realize, that you've been making conflicting
statements!"

"What do you mean?", she growled.

"You told me initially that nobody appreciates your work.
You have then told me about a smart, intelligent person, who is
reasonably good at appraising people's work, finds your work
not just good but great !! Isn't that a contradiction ?"
....................

The Twain quote that I was talking about reads -

"An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one's
self-respect. The plan of the newspaper is good and wise;
when you can't get a compliment any other way,
pay yourself one."

So is this just a humorous thought and is complimenting oneself
(saying you're doing a good job, cause nobody wrote in to say
you're doing a lousy job;) a silly thing to do, or would you agree
that it's a much deeper than that?

Think about it! Remember to share your thoughts with us...

Gunjan

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

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and
a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban
neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley
and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a
woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men
as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his
younger coworker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck
to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from
that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They
stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, "When I see two gas men running
as hard as you two were, I figured I'd better run too!"
(From the Daily Joke Post)

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