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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #3, May 15, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, tape it to a co-workers backside,
fax it to a loved one, staple it to a telephone pole, tie it to a
chipmunk . . .

This Week . . .

1. High Flying Humor With WestJet Airlines
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. High Flying Humor With WestJet Airlines

I’m fairly certain those fun folks at WestJet Airlines (based in
Calgary, Alberta) don’t suffer from “Humpday-itis” because they’re just
too busy practicing what we preach here at the Hump Day Express.

Following in the fun-loving footsteps of SouthWest Airlines in the
U.S., WestJet Airlines goes the extra mile to bring a smile to
passengers faces. On a recent flight to B.C., my fellow passengers
and I were treated to more than the usual menu of WestJet
groan-inducing jokes(and by the way, I mean “groan-inducing” in the
nicest possible sense).

As we waited for a few late arrivals, one of the flight attendants
entertained us with two songs on her flute. They even awarded a prize
to the first passenger who could name the second song she performed,
which was, naturally, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Then, as we taxied down the runway, the pilot came on the intercom and
did a marvellous impression of a game show host, as he
enthusiastically greeted the passengers and provided the usual
pre-flight information with so much flair that the plane broke out
into applause when he was done.

And the fun didn’t stop when we landed. We were greeted on the tarmac
at the Abbotsford airport by two WestJet employees dressed as, well,
“total nerds,” complete with toilet paper streaming out of the back of
their pants.

So if you want to provide memorable, enthusiastic and high-flying
customer service with a laugh, take a page out of these aerial
corporate jesters’ book and come up with your memorable moments for
your customers.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

How we label things can make a huge difference in our attitudes.

So try naming your job/title something fun and inspirational or, at
the very least, devise an alternative title for yourself or your
co-workers. More and more folks are doing this, even in “serious”
corporate environments. Over the last few years I’ve met a “Manager
of Mischief” from a Chicago law firm, a “Chief Inspiration Officer,” a
“Master Wizard” and even a “Flying Buttress.”
Quote of the Week

“When we admit our schnozzles instead of defending them, we begin to
laugh and the world laughs with us.” Jimmy Durante
It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

Nine year-old Danny Denault of Connecticut recently won top prize in
the annual “Rotten Sneaker” contest, held yearly in Vermont. Danny
took home a $500.00 U.S. savings bond for having the smelliest shoes.
The secret to his success, according to the young stinker, was the
numerous and unavoidable cow pies that blanket his babysitter’s farm.

Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002.

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