AJ's Words of Wisdom
Submitted by AJDaGreat on Mon, 06/27/2005 - 10:25
- You probably hear a lot of advice in your day-to-day life, and I imagine some of it works for you and most of it doesn't. Here are a few things that I've concluded work for me, from being on God's green earth for the past 18.5 years. Maybe they'll work for you too.
- Public Speaking - Know your material. Even if you're using notecards or an outline, make sure you know the full text of the speech really well. If you've got that down, you'll probably sound conversational, and all those other public speaking tips will just flow.
- Eating at Social Events - At weddings, bar mitzvahs, you name it - the hors d'oeuvres are almost always better than the main course. If it's on a plate and being carried around the room, fill up on it before it's too late.
- College Classes - Always, always go to class, as tempting as it is not to. Pay attention. Take notes. Ask questions. If you do that, you'll be able to skim the reading and still be fine.
- Being Offended - Life is just too short to take offense at anything that is intended as humor. Most jokes are really making fun of stereotypes about groups of people, rather than the people themselves.
- Clothing - Keeping up with the latest styles just isn't worth the money and effort. Instead, pick a style for yourself and stick with it.
- Screen Names - Putting a long string of numbers on the end of your screen name or e-mail address just makes it hard to remember. One or two digits is okay, but more than three is really pushing it.
- Parking - Even if it's a little farther away, try to find a place where you can pull through to the opposite space, so you don't have to back out of the space when you leave. Backing out sucks.
- Lying - Well first of all, let me say that I recommend lying as little as possible. But if you have to lie convincingly, my advice is to think about what you would say if your lie were true, and say exactly that. That may seem obvious, but most people don't do that; instead, they try to convince you that they are telling the truth. They explain to you why they must not be lying when they actually are. An actual truth-teller wouldn't do that. The best advice is to just act like you naturally would, as obvious as that sounds. One of the best things you can do while lying is make sarcastic jokes about the truth - assuming you would normally be sarcastic in situations like this, of course. For example, let's say you made out with your office's janitor last night. "Did you make out with the janitor last night?" / "Oh yeah, and then we made love right in the trash can. It was amazing."
- More if I think of anything...