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17th March 2004    #     Issue 153
There are three kinds of death in this world.
There's heart death, there's brain death, and
there's being off the network.
~ Guy Almes


Moderator's Comment
                                            ~ Gunjan


Self Effacing Humor
                                ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                                 ~ from Tom Antion

                                  ~ Gunjan

Whose side is he on ?
                                  ~ Gunjan



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Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

The Phoenix rises again. Ah ... what a wonderful
feeling to be back on the network again.

Having been plagued by computer problems for
the last week or so (first the monitor, then outlook
express, then the grand finale where the comp wouldn't
boot up at all) it feels great to have everything
working again. (I say this while holding wood
and keeping my fingers crossed ;)

I'm sorry about the missed issue, and I can't think
of any way to make it up to you! (Yeah I know you
don't want 2 issues in one week) However, you can
help me make up for the missed issue by visiting
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===> Self Effacing Humor

No Comments from anyone about that interesting
link I passed on last week on how Clinton learned
(the Hard Way? ;) about Self Effacing Humor ?

Well let's see if Robert Orben speaking on the same
subject evokes more interest ...


Comments -

===> Speaking Tip

Some Story Telling Do's
(Extracted from a longer list)

Specify the location of a joke or story. If your story
takes place in a restaurant say, "I was at Jerry's Sub
Shop in Rockville, Maryland, the other day." This
gives the audience something concrete to think about,
which makes them more involved mentally.

When crafting a story, use people, places, and things
the audience knows. When the audience is familiar
with the elements in your story, they will become
even more involved. As soon as you mention the
company cafeteria, their minds race to the cafeteria
to meet you and find out what happens. However,
don't use humor that is too inside. Only a few
people will understand it.

Emphasize the adjectives and verbs in your stories
to make them sound more interesting. Try it. Look
around where you are right now and describe
anything you want. Really put punch behind the
adjectives and verbs and see how your description
comes to life.

Use specific and interesting verbs and adjectives.
Say I was exhausted, not I was tired. Say, her head
was nodding and drooping, not her head was down.

Learn your stories. In a normal speech if you forget
the exact thing you wanted to say, you can improvise
and go on. But if you leave out an important detail
in a story or if you accidentally give away the climax
too soon, you have a mess on your hands. I tell a
story at least 30 times in private before I'll test it in
front of an audience.

Use true facts from your own life. This makes it
easier for you to tell the story because you lived it
and you can learn it faster too. Also, someone else
can't steal your story as easily if all the facts have
to do with your life.

Use appropriate emotional language to hook the

Construct a humorous story so that it concludes
abruptly with a climactic word. Don't utter another
syllable or sound after this climactic word. You
might squelch the laughter you worked so hard to get.

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

===> Neurobics

Hi Friends,

I just came across the word 'Neurobics' for the
first time today (Yes you are allowed to think that
I have been living in a hole in the ground ;).

I found the word interesting enough to do a search
on and I landed up eventually at
Amazon.com's page for 'Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises' by Lawrence Katz et al.

Looking inside the book was fascinating and the reviews
interesting too. I'm thinking of picking up a copy.

Are any of you, Dear Laughmates, familiar with the book
and what's your opinion of it ?


Comments -

===> Whose side is he on?

Dear Laughmates,

This week, I had one of my most 'difficult' (nah
'difficult' is the wrong word) 'trying' (ah, I've got
to start the neurobic exercises soon) 'crazy' (that's
a good one) negotiation session that I've had in
20 years of work.

It was really upsetting. I was to negotiate the
purchase of a property from a person for our school
and was all prepared to try and get the school the
best possible deal. It was quite disconcerting to
find the seller had exactly the same intention. In fact
he managed to point out some risks in the deal that
I'd overlooked, pointed them out, had suggestions
on how to protect the school's interest which were
even more thorough than what I or the school's lawyers
had thought of.

I don't know if you've come across negotiators like that
but for me it was a first time experience ... and I'm still
quite dazed by it. I'm so bowled over I hope I haven't
missed out anything else that's important in my knocked
out stage. (Actually why worry ... even if I've missed
it he'd have pointed it out ... wouldn't he ? ;)

Comments -

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

And since then ...

God explained to one of his angels, "I just figured
out how to rotate the Earth so that it creates 24-hour
periods of alternating light and darkness." 

The angel asked reverantly, "What are you going to do now?" 

God replied, "Call it a day." 

(Thanks tOM)

Comments :

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

The Rubik's cube is great stress reliever (if you CAN
solve it : o) !

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