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Seven Things Networkers Should Never Say


George Carlin had this “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” I have these seven things networkers said but shouldn’t have.

You need to be page one of Google for better or worser — I would much rather be found on page one of Google, for better or worse. (I choose better; this writer didn’t.)

We’re donating proceeds to the devastation down South — I would much rather have my proceeds donated to the people who suffered in the devastation down South.

When there’s no traffic, the drive literally goes faster — Thank you for stating the obvious.

We’re hosting the first-ever marathon. It’s only a 5k — Then it isn’t a marathon, is it? A marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards. A 5-kilometer run is 3.1 miles. Big difference.

And first-ever is redundant.

You’re getting your ticket comped. Like Compton — No, getting your ticket comped means it’s free. No disrespect to Compton intended; I have yet to meet the person who calls Compton “free.”

I don’t think I can say free — You just did.

I represent over a bunch of insurance companies — When you don’t know, fake it.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

October 5, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Problems with Texting


A networker sent me this text that he received:

“I guess you missed the e-mail I sent you that I did get the Sat. Wedding gig so I was not going to be available Sat. Or Sunday. My second boss went out of town for a week and Im doing tons of work for them at there house this week. Maybe Wed. At 3:30 Malibu Library works the Topanga is to far for now cause of all the work I doing for the writers.”

The writer is American, and English is the primary spoken language, but you’d never know it from all the mistakes. Some of the problems are because of auto-correct (the capitalization of wedding, or and at, for example), but this is an example of why one must do a better job of self-editing.

Im instead of I’mThere instead of their? To instead of too? Not to mention the missing punctuation marks after 3:30 and works, and the it/them disagreement (boss is singular, but the writer uses the plural them). These are easy-to-fix mistakes.

Last week, I spoke at a networking meeting about who one must (should?) pay a professional for communications. One reason I gave was how one’s credibility is at stake with very piece of communication one sends out.

While I’m not suggesting I should be paid to edit one’s personal texts, this is nonetheless a great example a credibility gap.

Thanks to Richard C. for the text.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

October 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Here’s to Your Healthy?


Last week, Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the new year. A Jewish networking group I belong to, JNET, sent out greetings, wishing me “a Health and Happy New Year.”

Now, I know happiness and good health are important, but so is good spelling, and I know people like to wish others a healthy and happy new year.

It’s what I prefer. I also wouldn’t prefer somebody raising a glass and saying, “Here’s to your healthy.”

This weekend, Jews will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. To show sincerity and a true desire to repent, many people fast on this day. I will, too, but I hope nobody says to me, “May you have an ease fast.”

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

September 26, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Proper Speaking is Sometimes an Illusion


I find networkers by nature to be self-starters and very motivated, which you have to be if you want to make any money through networking. But I really wish people would come to me first and ask, “Does this sound right?”

Chances are, the answer would be yes, except in the following cases.

I will go to the ends of the Earth — Recently, I’ve been watching “The West Wing” on Netflix, and a character said something similar about “the corners of the globe.”

The problem is, there are no ends of the Earth and no corners of the globe.

All the wine you can drink. All the food you can drink, too — If I want a liquid diet, I’ll call the hospital.

Tom Hanks was the emcee in the beginning — And who took over for him at the end?

We raised over $4 million for breast cancer awareness — I’ve written about this before. I think people are really, really aware of breast cancer. But we need to raise more money to find a cure.

Also, and I’ve written about this, too: It’s more than, not over.

I want to thank Harold. I have pestilence bad — Harold runs a pest control company. I don’t think he has enough spray and traps and bait and whatever else he has to combat a worldwide epidemic, such as bubonic plague.

I want to thank Jason for helping my Millennium son — Wow. You son is a thousand years old? Impressive.

I asked my millennial daughter what would she say if someone called her a millennium, and she responded, “Time is an illusion.” Apparently, that is something millennials say.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

People Are At It Again


After being sick for most of a month, I have returned to networking meetings and have heard the nonsense that comes out of people’s mouths. I had hoped the world had changed in my absence; sadly, I knew better.

I do bald hair — Is there such a thing?

Leave a message and leave your phone number. Please repeat it twice — The message, the phone number, or both?

My favorite movie is “Hear No Evil, See No Evil” — Really? The name of the movie starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor is “See No Evil, Hear No Evil.”

His favorite movie should be “Liar” with Jim Carrey — I’m guessing his favorite movie really is “Liar Liar” with Jim Carrey.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

August 31, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crazy Sentences that are Grammatically Correct


At a recent networking meeting, a fellow networker approached me and said he had seen online something called “The Worst Sentences in the English Language.” Naturally, I was intrigued and wanted him to send it, which he did.

However, the following sentences really aren’t the worst. Instead, they appear to be grammatically incorrect but in fact are just fine.

One day I shot an elephant in my pajamas.  We start with a famous one, spoken by Groucho Marx in the movie “Animal Crackers.” Ignoring the second part of the joke (How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know), it can be understood two ways: That I shot an elephant while in my pajamas or I shot an elephant who was wearing my pajamas.

The horse raced past the barn fell. The main verb is not raced but fell. We often leave out a word and the sentence still makes sense (The speech given this morning was well received leaves out the words “that was”). Here, this sentence also omits a word: The horse that raced past the barn fell.

The complex houses married and single soldiers and their families. If you realize complex is a noun (and the sentence subject) and houses is the verb, the sentence makes perfect sense.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This one is fun. Buffalo is a city in New York. A buffalo is a bison. To buffalo is a verb meaning “to intimidate.”

So, Bison from Buffalo, New York (that’s the second and first words), who are intimidated by other bison in Buffalo, New York (that’s the fifth, fourth and third words) also happen to intimidate other bison in their community (the final three words).

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

August 29, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment