Once upon a time in a European convention a delegate was giving an extremely boring presentation. After a while he saw the people in the back of the room begin to fidget and talk,  so he asked “Can you hear me in the back?” one of the people that had been particularly irritating him replied: “No it’s fine, we can’t hear a word but maybe some of those in the front still can!”

I guess everyone has memories of times when specific actions or words demotivated them to such an extent that they either gave up or at least re-considered their entire reason for carrying on, just like the poor presenter in my story?

Oscar Wilde is reportedly associated with saying that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit and although on some occasions it can be extremely funny and get a very quick laugh, I believe that it should be used very cautiously. This is mostly because more often than not sarcasm is the enemy to innovative and creative thinking. What’s more it has two potential risks: 1. It can very easily become habitual and 2. It is emotionally draining for those on the receiving end.  In fact, if used repeatedly it is one of the most de-motivational behaviours one can adopt.

There is a very fine line between going for a quick and easy laugh and permanently destroying motivational initiative. I remember when my son was about six years old he liked to take a carrot to school to eat in his morning break.  One day his teacher made a joke about him beginning to look like a rabbit, he never took a carrot to school again and forced himself to eat the junk sweats that he school mates ate instead.

Wishing you a happy and emotionally positive week!