Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Waayyy inside joke at corporate America

Mikaela says:

I almost swallowed my own tongue trying not to laugh at this one out loud at work.

We just finished watching a movie during a staff meeting about accountability whose chorus refrain was replete with smiling black guys and women exclaiming to their managers, "I own it!" (about their tasks, of course, not the company, silly!) I'm sure this guy saw the same movie right before he decided to cash in (after a careful explanation of goals and lost personal productivity).

From the Onion:

Project Manager Leaves Suicide PowerPoint Presentation

PORTLAND, OR—Project manager Ron Butler left behind a 48-slide PowerPoint presentation explaining his tragic decision to commit suicide, coworkers reported Tuesday.

According to Williams+Kennedy president Bradford Williams, finalgoodbye.ppt was "clear, concise, and persuasive."

"After everyone left the room, I sat down and went through Ron's final presentation in slide-sorter view," Williams said. "Man, I gotta tell you, it blew me away. That presentation really utilized the full multimedia capabilities of Microsoft's PowerPoint application."

"To Ron's credit, it was one helluva way to go out," human resources manager Gail Everts said. "Ron clearly spent a lot of time on that presentation. If the subject matter weren't so heavy, we'd probably use it to train his replacement."

"I felt some of the later transitions were weak," copywriter Gita Pruriyaran said. "The point of a transition is to maintain audience interest and lighten the mood. To me, the door-closing sound effects in Will & Funeral were repetitive and heavy-handed. But Ron's choice to end with that Hamlet quote and then fade to black was really powerful. There wasn't a dry eye in the room when Hector flipped off the projector and brought up the lights."


Blogger Maggie said...

TOO funny!!!!!!

3:32 PM  
Blogger marjorie said...

Ha! NEVER forget this when attempting to put together a power point with maximum manipulatory effect.

4:25 PM  

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