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Thoughts on communication – Nothing Made Sense…

A favorite quote is from Joseph Heller, author of the book, Catch 22. In the first couple of pages of his sequel, Closing Time, Heller writes:

“Nothing made sense, and neither did everything else.

For me, that explains a lot about how things work in so many situations. It just does not make any sense sometimes. Some of the other great Heller quotes, from Catch 22 include: 

  • “He was never without misery, and never without hope.”
  • “He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.”   
  • “There is no disappointment so numbing…as someone no better than you achieving more.”
  • “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
  • “He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”   
Anyway, I was messing around this morning and came across another one of those “funny videos about communications.” This one with Bill Cosby talking with a woman living near Philadelphia that was from North, South Carolina. She describes the location of North as 90 miles Southeast of Due West. North is south of The Capital in Columbia. (Yes, that is actually true.) Again,

“Nothing made sense, and neither did everything else.

North South Carolina woman CosbyYou really need to check out this 6-minute conversation to see how it parallels a lot of the issues that people have in communicating with others:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO1kmfLmGRA

This also got me looking at some of my other favorite funny videos around communications and of course you will remember Abbott and Costello — celebrating their 75th anniversary of “Who’s on First.” You can see a couple of versions at:

Lastly, there is a really funny parody of George and Condi discussing world affairs — you can see that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwaeD0SHbXs
Communications are always interesting. And that is one of the reasons I find Square Wheels to be such a good communications tool, since it allows people to explain their issues and opportunities pretty clearly.
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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant. 
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Dr. Scott Simmerman CPF, CPT is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant. -- You can reach Scott at [email protected] and a detailed profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottsimmerman/ -- Scott is the original designer of The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine teambuilding game and the Square Wheels® images for organizational development.

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