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Saturday, January 08, 2005

A Few Good Words

A group of young Marines sat in a morning class half-awake when a senior instructor walked out on stage. He stopped to hang a small placard in front of his podium entitled, “How to Instruct”.

Next he removed a pack of Marlboro cigarettes from a shirt pocket. He carefully placed it on top of the stand.

Gazing out over the now-alert audience, he then asked for a volunteer, and of course, one stood up.

The man asked him to come and show him how to open the pack of smokes.

The youngster, when standing next to the instructor, thought hard before speaking.

“Do you see the red and white three-inch-high by two-inch-wide package sitting on the four-foot-high podium?”

“The brown wooden podium.” He added.

“Yes I do,” The sergeant replied.

“Pick it up,” The kid said.

The instructor reached over, grabbed the pack and squeezed it hard. He then lifted the crushed object high up in the air.

“O-open the pack,” The kid stammered.

The older man used both hands to twist and rip the package in half. When he finished, he held the two parts aloft again, and he looked out over his audience.

“When you teach, always give clear instructions.”

7 Comments:

Blogger Gone Away said...

ROFLOL Harry. A lesson never forgotten. ;)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Actressdancer said...

Very good lesson, indeed, Harry. Oddly, we did very similar exercises in acting school.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Hah.
That kind of reminds me of someone...probably I should keep that to myself.
I love such succinctness!

7:22 PM  
Blogger bumpy_beth said...

that was like the smartest damn thing ive ever heard, lol.
thanks..

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never ask a lawyer for clear instructions....they will last for six hours and you will have to sign off when they are done! Nice post...from Harvie

10:26 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Great stuff, Harry

11:19 PM  
Blogger PiggyCanHack said...

Haha Cool! Instructions are so important. I remember one time our teacher gave us a sheet and it was like first day of class. It was a number of things we have to do on the sheet. The first step was "Read over all instructions before starting the test" But alot of people skimed through and did all these stupid stuff like Underlineing a word, or circling a word. Then at the end we found out we had been fooled!

11:26 PM  

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