I have a little something that I hope will make you smile?

///I have a little something that I hope will make you smile?

I have a little something that I hope will make you smile?

With many of my readers enjoying a short break away from their places of work, I thought I would also switch into a holiday mood by trying to put a smile on a few faces. So I hope you don’t mind, but I want to tell you a little joke instead of sharing a serious theory on the finer aspects of business.

‘My friend Johnny was nominated by his company to attend ‘the salesman of the year’ gala at the Hilton hotel in London. The invitation was for two but unfortunately his wife was unable to join him as she needed to stay home to look after their young daughter who was suffering from a bad cold. It was the third night in a week that Johnny had been out late, so the atmosphere at home was tense, to say the least.

Next morning, Johnny’s wife asked him “well, how did you get on?”

“Fine”, he replied. “In fact I won first prize.”

“First prize?” questioned his wife, with an air of disbelief. “Are you telling me that I am now married to ‘the salesman of the year, 2014’?” she asked,

“Yes” he said.   “So where’s your trophy then?” she asked.

“I sold it to the man who came second!” Johnny replied.

I know its an old one, but I like that joke. It’s got everything a good joke should have. It raises your curiosity while leading you off in a completely false direction, only to bring you back with a twist that endorses the power of the story.    However, there’s a lesson in this joke somewhere for me, and for all people that need to write communications for a living: To try and keep the readers interest, while gently steering them in the direction you really want to take them.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist sharing my thoughts after all!

Have a good week   Harley

Ps. Thanks to my friend Chris for the joke. He’s someone who always like’s to put a smile on other peoples faces.

2016-11-17T08:23:53+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaATmb9_zg

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