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

23rd April  2003    #     Issue 108
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
~ Will Rogers


Moderator's Comment -
                                             ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                             ~ Eva


Speaking Tip
                                     ~ from Tom Antion
                                     ~ Gunjan


New Extract


So what's the point ?
                                 ~ Gunjan



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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

In the book from which this week's extract is taken I found
a most fascinating concept. To be more correct, the concept
is not entirely new to me. In fact, in my own way, I have been
practising it for years but having it described in two words
was enlightenment for me.

So what are these magic words? Both common words which I
am sure you use individually all the time, but have you heard of
them together before ? What ideas do they bring to your mind ?

You're waiting for me to spill out the words? Well, I would have
liked to play around for just a while longer but ...

Are you ready ?

Here they are ...


Answers to my above questions as well as any other thoughts
on this subject may be sent to

Do take the time to send in your thoughts NOW, before enjoying
the rest of I-Laugh #108.

With best wishes,
Many a true word is spoken in Jest
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Jest in Literature (A) - lit-subscribe@topica.com


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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

Want to totally floor someone, distract them
and keep them laughing, helplessly?

Remember the quote I told you about the other day?

If I am I and you are you,
then I am I and you are you;
but if I am you and you are I,
then I am not I and you are not you.

Well, earlier this week, I got to use a version of this quote.
At my favorite dress shop, right after tax season, being in
a benign mood, I let the clerk talk me into a 10% discount
for applying for their store credit card. In order to confirm
the veracity of the information on my quickie application,
and my identity, she had me talk to the clerk in Tennessee.

Picking up the phone, I told her, "Hi,  I am I if You are You."

And that did it - this poor young girl could not keep a straight
face, or tone through the rest of the interview. I know this all
on tape there, at their facility. And they will hear is her  laughter,
mine and that of both Lisa and Becky, the sales clerks.

Needless to say, they went out of their way to accommodate
me when I found this necklace  I really liked whose pendant
was blah. There was a great pendant on similar necklace.
You bet they were nice enough to let me switch them.

So, how have you used your sense of humor to lighten up a
boring, routine situation and get extra, special perks?


(or what do you plan to do this week?)

Do you ever find that you spend all your time at work
laughing, but can't really explain it to anyone else?

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg
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=== > Speaking Tip


I was doing some work for a government agency where I was
hired to critique and improve the sales presentations of the
program staff. It was an early morning program full of typical
mistakes by typical untrained presenters. The audience was
nearly asleep from the boring presentations and sugar crash they
were suffering after eating pastries when they got there.

I had been watching one particular presenter prior to his segment
and I was thinking to myself, "I'm going to have to really tear this
guy up on his evaluations." He was poorly groomed, including big
dandruff flakes on his poorly fitting sports jacket. His tie was hanging
out over the top of his jacket button. His pants were way too short I
mean WAY too short. He appeared to be just a goober of a guy.

When it was his turn to present his boring legislative issues topic,
I got the shock of my life. He virtually flew up on the stage. He was
running around like Groucho Marx. He was spouting off facts and
figures. He made a perfect ad-lib when the electrically operated
overhead screen started to go up by itself. The audience woke up
and they were laughing and learning from this man. He actually got
applause in a meeting that wasn't even a setting where applause
would be appropriate.

From that experience I learned the value of enthusiasm. This man
made almost every technical error a presenter could make, but I
gave him the highest evaluation of all the other presenters. If you
are ultimately enthusiastic about your topic and let it show, many
of your errors will go unnoticed. It's the same way with storytelling
and presenting in general. Your enthusiasm can make or break your
overall performance.

 From Tom Antion's ebook - Wake 'em Up
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Comments or if have you a tip to share -

=== > Speaking Tip

Make them Laugh with you

A lot of classes/seminars/training sessions I've attended have
the following rule either stated or unstated but understood -

'Do not laugh at the speaker or presenter even if they make
a silly goof up.'

Sure it's a nice gesture towards the speaker (who is only human)
but it does put a damper on the audience when they have to make
an effort and restrain themselves.

One of the best speakers I have watched, has the most intriguing
technique. The moment he makes a goof up, he jokes about it
either directly or indirectly or in some way gives the audience a
chance to have a quick laugh immediately. This ensures that they,
if they have to suffer any belly aches, would do so from laughing
and not from trying to suppress their laughter. It also ensures that
if the audience has laughed with you they are not likely to laugh
at you.

~ Gunjan

Comments or if have you a tip to share -


===> New Extract

Imagine a modern American publisher confronted with the
Old Testament as a new manuscript submitted to him for
the first time. It is not difficult to think what his comments
would be, for example, on the genealogies. 'My dear sir,'
he would say, 'this chapter lacks pep; you can't expect your
reader to be interested in a string of proper names of persons
about whom you tell him so little. You have begun your story,
I will admit, in fine style, and at first I was very favourably
impressed, but you altogether too much wish to tell it all.
Pick out the highlights, take out the superfluous matter, and
bring me back your manuscript when you have reduced it
to a reasonable length.'

Guess the book and the author...


=========== NEW DISCUSSIONS ===========

===> So what's the point ?

Last week I got an unsubscribe message from
Janel.Sayler@sendit.nodak.edu and found it
extremely amusing.

If you're wondering why, dak is the Hindi word
for mail. (It's now also used in English and has found
it's way into the Webster's Dictionary

So what's the point of having an email address to
which you are to 'send it no dak' ?

BTW - Do you keep a look out for small little things like
these which bring a smile and provide comic relief from
regular work ? If you do, PLEASE do share them with us.
If you don't, try it out. Work will become so much more
fun even if you can find one or two of them every week.

~ Gunjan

Comments  -

Well, if you want to be that way...during Christmas, when
we keep hearing Santa say, "Ho, ho ho!"

I can't help chuckling. Ho is the Hungarian word for snow.
Seems an apt time of year for that phrase, eh?

~ Eva


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

A man stopped at a gas station and, after filling his tank, paid the
bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola,
and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside.

One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on.
The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was
digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the old.

The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down
the road.

"I can't stand this," said the man, tossing the can into a trash
container and headed down the road toward the men.

"Hold it, hold it," he said to the workers, "Can you tell me what's
going on here with this digging?"

"Well, we work for the government," one of them said.

"But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're not
accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

"You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his
shovel and wiping his brow.

"Normally there's three of us: me, Rodney, and Mike. I dig the hole,
Rodney sticks in the tree, and Mike here puts the dirt back."

"Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean that Mike and
me can't work."

(From Dr. Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest
http://www.otherwhen.com/mailman/listinfo/groaners )

Comments :

===========  This week's Stress Reliever  ==============


Isn't that great ?

Wonder what happens when you ... ?

(Thanks Dianne)

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