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Do Billionaires Really Write Like This?


I have seen billionaires such as Donald Sterling (former owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team) dress extremely sloppily. If the following email I received is true, this is an example of being rich and not knowing how to write.

My Dear Friend
How are you today, hope all is fine with you?

One of my clients have one billion USD, in an bank account, she need a joint venture
partner to take the fund for investments, if your interesting contact with your full
details for more details.

MR MARK DANIEL
Reply To: mr.mark_d@yahoo.com
Skype: mrmarkdaniel1

As much as I would love a share of a billion dollars, I’m not going to answer this email. I encourage everyone reading this not to, either.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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December 27, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Networking Nonsense That Makes Me WRITE IN CAPITALS!!!!!


The year might be almost ended, but the ridiculous and humorous things I hear at networking meetings doesn’t end just because the calendar is about to.

Here are four more:

Power of attorneys — Like with mothers-in-law and similar words, this is a common mistake. But the reason I mention this is that AN ATTORNEY SAID THIS!!!!

An electrician who fixes Christmas trees — No, the electrician fixes the lights that are on the Christmas trees. A lumberjack (“I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK”) fixes the trees. Or a tree surgeon.

Hi, I’m (name) and I’m actually a virtual chef — I removed his name to save his embarrassment. Actually a virtual chef? So, you mean you actually are not formally recognized as a chef? THEN WHY ARE YOU AT A NETWORKING MEETING SELLING YOURSELF AS SUCH?

I want to say something really quick — And then he spoke for a minute.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

December 20, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On “Preaching to the Choir”


While at a recent meeting, I agreed with somebody on a point and said, “You’re preaching to the choir.” She challenged me to find out what exactly that means and its origins.

Knowing what it means is easy: By preaching to the choir, you’re espousing some belief that your audience agrees with, so there won’t be any debate.

But where did it come from? According to wisegeek.org,  the church choir stands behind the preacher singing hymns that express the church’s belief. When the preacher delivers a sermon, he’s hoping to reach the nonbelievers in the congregation, so he wouldn’t turn around and deliver the sermon to the choir.

It also seemed to have evolved from a similar saying, “preaching to the converted.” Nineteenth century philosopher John Stuart Mill once wrote, “Dr. M’Cosh is preaching not only to a person already converted, but to an actual missionary of the same doctrine.”

Phrases.org.uk cites the Lima (Ohio) News in 1973 as the first recorded use of preaching to the choir: “He said he felt like the minister who was preaching to the choir. That is, to the people who always come to church, but not the ones who need it most.”

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

December 8, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Networking Nonsense Again


When I attend networking meetings, I make sure I have either pen and paper or the notepad function on my phone handy. That way, I can document the silly, dumb and annoying  things people say. These include the following:

I got a call from my daughter. She was on vacation in Hawaii with her husband and my granddaughter — While there is nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence, I’m always annoyed that people tend to skip a generation and make it all about them. I find it more correct to say, “…with her husband and their daughter, my granddaughter.”

Maybe it’s because I don’t have any grandchildren, but I don’t understand this line of thinking and, therefore, this line of language.

I wrote a strong letter — How do you know it’s strong? Did it bench-press 200 pounds? Did it run a mile in less than four minutes? Of did you write a strongly-worded letter?

I went and got my family pictures taken and I said, “You can’t put hair on my head,” and he did. He airbrushed some on — No, he hair-brushed some on.

Thank you for people who sent condolences for my mom — The problem is, it’s the mom who died. I doubt she got the condolences.

She made everything from scratch — When I hear this, I always imagine somebody scratching their fingers across a surface, and the food suddenly appears. Too bad that’s never worked for me.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

December 6, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment