So I’m (finally) getting ready to travel again for work. I have two gigs in March and two in April, so I’m starting to prepare. Which means that I have a few calls with the client and folks that I work with in coordinating the gigs and then I get to work on making notes and delivering the course in my living room multiple times until I think I have it down. In other words, I do a whole lot of talking to myself as I click through the slides and pretend like there are 40 people in front of me.
I always like to crack some kind of joke in the intro I give about myself to set a fun, non-stuffy mood (especially important when you’re training pharmaceutical big wigs). My regular routine sounds something like this, “I’m based out of Salt Lake City, Utah (pause) No, I’m not a polygamist.” Normally I get a good laugh, but at the course I taught in Basel, Switzerland, I got feedback on one of the evaluations about it. The person wrote that the joke was “in bad taste and not necessary.” They then went on to ask if I said it for shock value. Shock value? Listen, if I wanted to add shock value I would at least get an F bomb in there.
I know that was only one lame ass person, but now I feel like I need a new joke. I thought about saying something about my daily commute being by horse (since someone once asked if I traveled by horse – obviously, they don’t know anything about SLC), but these gigs are in Wyoming. So… they may actually travel by horse.
Give me your best Utah jokes, people. I have no problem pretending like I came up with it myself. If it’s a hit though, I will most definitely give you credit right here on this near-famous (wink wink) blog.