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Learn to Follow Directions...or Else!

There are many people out there that can't follow directions if their life depended on it. So to train them...it should be just that....

I think that there should be a punishment to not following directions! Maybe a strong electrical current waiting to use you as an outlet. And just because.....I so want to be the one holding the button.

So where is this coming from...people who can't take a hint and quickly talk about themselves!

First and Foremost....shut-up so you can hear the directions

Second...continue to shut-up to see if that is all of the directions

Third ...Follow them.

This sounds simple..right?

Here is an example....picture yourself in a room full of people (we'll say around 20). You have all been instructed to give a brief explanation (1-2 lines) about your research interests. Now, those of you that have been in this setting know this can be excruciating, especially if you have been through this many times.

So....how to handle this. Well, my instincts tell me to say a one to two line description and move on (that and the instructions say to do so). But is that how everyone else thinks? ....of course not...that would be too easy.

There is always that one person that has to tell the ENTIRE background to what they are doing in such a wordy manner that if there was a pencil near by...it would so be in my eye.

What makes this novel he/she is telling better.... the fact that this person is following someone else from their lab (doing close to the same thing) AND just gave all of that same background information two seconds ago. It's really fun when there are five or six of them and they all sit in a row. You better hope I don't get control anytime soon....

People come on....you're killing me...next time the pencil is going in your eye...or a fork in the forehead...your choice...I can compromise!

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posted by Sonya @ 1/11/2007 02:06:00 PM,

3 Comments:

At January 11, 2007 at 2:52 PM, Blogger Sakshi said...

Next time they start on that path, I am so going to interrupt and say, why don't you send your little write up via mail.. I hate all of them. 2 lines.. if you can't sum it up in two lines.. you should just not say anything :)

 
At January 13, 2007 at 11:56 AM, Anonymous DP said...

I'm guess this was WB's group?

 
At January 14, 2007 at 11:31 AM, Blogger Sakshi said...

@DP
yup and the toolbox with its latest tool :)

 

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