I was pleasantly surprised (and tickled) today when I received a “BREAKING NEWS” e-mail from the marketing department of an industry distributorship stating its president and CEO would be taking a leave of absence to represent the United States at the upcoming Olympics in China. Some of you may have received the e-mail.
I was so impressed (shocked, maybe) by what I was reading about the CEO’s athletic prowess in the first few paragraphs of the press release that I was compelled to holler across the cubicles to Charles Plyter (Promo Marketing’s managing online editor) to see if he’d gotten the release. After a few minutes or so, he hollered back and told me to keep reading. It turned out that the press release was an April Fool’s Day prank!
You know, as a journalist, I admit my initial thought was: “This is a little in bad taste. You send these kinds of e-mails to your office staff and close business associates, not to the industry’s publications.” But, I soon started to laugh. It was actually quite comical to see one of the industry’s growing distributorship’s poke fun at itself—and to think that I was caught up in the hoopla of the prank! I wrote back and thanked them for sharing the joke.
The Book of Proverbs in the Bible tells us that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine ...” So today, or any day, do welcome a bit of laughter into your space to help cure some of your personal and professional ailments. Here’s something to get you started, courtesy of www.comedy-zone.net:
THE YOUNG BUSINESSMAN
A young businessman had just started his own firm. He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hotshot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working.